Chindex International announces first Intuitive Surgical sale in China

Bethesda 18 November 2005Chindex International Inc., an independent American provider of western health care products and services in the People's Republic of China, has concluded its first sale in China of the da Vinci Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, the innovator and market leader in surgical robotics. The system was purchased by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and was installed at the Prince of Wales Hospital under the management of the CUHK Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills (MISS) Centre, one of the comprehensive multi-disciplinary surgical skills centres in the Asia Pacific region.

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Roberta Lipson, Chindex President and CEO, commented from Beijing: "We are very excited about this first sale of a da Vinci Surgical System in Hong Kong, in particular because the CUHK Jockey Club MISS Centre will be such a high profile player and innovator in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The addition of this system to the Centre's state-of-the-art facility will both advance the quality of health care in the region as well as provide an opportunity to increase exposure to this exciting technology to surgeons throughout China."

Intuitive Surgical's Senior Vice President of Sales, Jerry McNamara, stated: "We believe that the China market is ready to move to the next level of minimally invasive surgery with Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Surgical System, and are pleased that our partner, Chindex, is off to a good start with this system placement at the Chinese University of Hong Kong."

Professor Andrew Van Hasselt, Chairman of the Executive Board for The CUHK Jockey Club MISS Centre expressed his delight about being the first China installation of the da Vinci Surgical System: "The mission of the Centre is to overcome the acknowledged drawbacks of traditional training methods in surgery by developing advanced training systems offering MIS techniques facilitated by virtual reality, robotic surgery and multimedia applications for training and education. The da Vinci Surgical System will become a centerpiece in our facility."

Chindex is an American health care company supplying both medical equipment and health care services to the Chinese marketplace, including Hong Kong. It sells medical equipment produced by a number of major multinational companies including Siemens AG as its exclusive distribution partner for the sales and servicing of colour doppler ultrasound systems. It also arranges financing packages for the supply of medical equipment to hospitals in China utilizing the export loan and loan guarantee programmes of both the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the German KfW Development Bank.

It provides health care services through the operations of its network of private primary care hospitals and affiliated ambulatory clinics in China. With twenty-four years of experience, over 1000 employees, and operations in the United States, China and Hong Kong, the company's strategy is to expand its cross-cultural reach by providing leading edge health care technologies, quality products and services to Greater China's professional communities.

Intuitive Surgical Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is the global technology expert in the rapidly emerging field of robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures and markets robotic technologies designed to improve clinical outcomes and help patients return more quickly to active and productive lives. The company's mission is to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. More Chindex-Intuitive Surgical news is available in the VMW February 2005 article Chindex International announces exclusive distribution agreement with Intuitive Surgical for China.


Leslie Versweyveld

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