Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Inogen’s 9-pound concentrator wins 510(k)

GOLETA, Calif. - Inogen has received FDA clearance to market its 9-lb. Inogen One oxygen concentrator (See HME News, Dec. 2003). The company has not yet announced when it plans to start shipping. The Inogen One, which debuted at Medtrade last fall, joins AirSep’s Lifestyle as the lightest weight concentrators on the market.

Coloplast’s got the skinny

ATLANTA - Coloplast has formed a Skin Health division to align sales, marketing, manufacturing and R&D departments around common strategic goals to advance the importance of quality skin and wound care. Prior to the formation of the Skin Health Division, the sale of skin and wound care products were the responsibility of a sales force that also carried the Coloplast ostomy product line. A separate Coloplast sales and marketing organization will continue to sell ostomy products in the United States.

Gainor buys into Specialty
ORLANDO & MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Mark J. Gainor, a healthcare entrepreneur and venture capitalist who invests primarily in diabetes and healthcare related businesses, announced at the American Diabetes Association conference June 4 that he has made a significant investment in Specialty Medical Supplies, a manufacturer and distributor of innovative medical devices primarily for the diabetes marketplace. Financial terms were not disclosed. The new investment will be used to expand Specialty Medical Supplies both domestically and internationally and to target the diagnostic and pharmaceutical markets.

Gottfried Medical, manufacturer of compression hosiery, recently grew its supplier network to more than 1,000 dealers nationwide…SK Finishing, which powder coats 50,000 wheelchairs for Sunrise Medical each year, bought a Lorain, Ohio-based coating company and moved its facility from Elyria to a 25,000-square-foot facility in Lorain…The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) has achieved ISO 9001 2000 certification, an internationally recognized standard for quality.