Sydney, Australia—15 August 2017—Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with B Medical Systems, a Luxembourg-based, world-leading manufacturer of professional biomedical refrigeration and storage solutions for the safe transport and management of blood products. Under the terms of the agreement, Terumo BCT will act as the exclusive authorized distributor of B Medical Systems biomedical refrigeration and storage devices in Australia and New Zealand.
The range of B Medical Systems products is specifically designed to help address the impact of the high cost of electricity in markets like Australia. The B Medical Systems Green Line devices use environmentally friendly natural gases and are designed with several features to prevent cold loss and reduce heat emission. In addition to maintaining constant temperatures throughout the entire internal space of the refrigerators and freezers, features such as self-closing triple-pane doors and polyurethane insulation work together to prevent the loss of refrigeration.
"B Medical Systems products can help safeguard against threats to product quality, such as the high temperatures Australia faces each summer and the resulting power outages, with battery backup alarm systems to alert those facilities without backup generators in the event of an outage," said Julia Wenner, general manager, Terumo BCT Australia and New Zealand. "These reputable refrigerators and freezers for blood banks are registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration to help ensure the viability of their blood products."
Terumo BCT will market B Medical Systems blood bank refrigerators, deep and ultra deep freezers, contact shock freezers designed to fast-freeze plasma, pharmaceutical refrigerators, laboratory refrigerators and freezers, as well as cooling boxes used to maintain the temperature of blood products throughout transport. Each product is designed to help ensure operator convenience and operational reliability, supported by ongoing service and support managed by Terumo BCT.
In 2016, Terumo BCT first entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with B Medical Systems for the United States and Canada that has now been expanded to include Australia and New Zealand. In addition to the B Medical Systems blood bank refrigerators and freezers being registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the products also hold AS3864-1 certification and adhere to the European Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC.
"We are glad to help both hospitals and blood centres throughout Australia and New Zealand address their total cost of ownership and energy costs through this distribution agreement with Terumo BCT," said Luc Provost, chief executive officer, B Medical Systems. "With the expansion of B Medical Systems into Australia and New Zealand, we are bringing the market additional medical refrigeration choices."
About Terumo BCT
Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing, and pathogen reduction technologies. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers.
About B Medical Systems
B Medical Systems S.à r.l. is a Luxembourg-based company with more than 30 years of experience in the medical refrigeration sector. It is a leading manufacturer and distributor of cold-chain equipment for large-scale vaccination programs in emerging markets. The company also produces a range of high-end medical refrigerators and freezers that are sold to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and university laboratories in developed markets globally. Distribution is supported by a global network of sales directors and agents. Please visit www.bmedicalsystems.com.
Natasha Ng, Marketing Communications
Terumo BCT Asia Pacific
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