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Karl Storz Endoscopy-America (El Segundo, California) said it has entered into a definitive agreement with InTouch Health (Santa Barbara, California).

InTouch Health will adapt certain functionalities of its Remote Presence technology into a telementoring device that is compatible with the Karl Storz OR1 integrated operating room solution. This combined technology, called VisitOR1, will enable surgeons located in different geographies to perform surgical mentoring, providing a physician training and collaboration tool.

The VisitOR1 system will also be compatible with InTouch Health's existing Remote Presence robotic systems (RP-7), providing remote physicians with seamless connectivity to hospital emergency departments, critical care units and now the operating room environment.

The integrated Remote Presence device, combined with the InTouch Health ControlStation and proprietary SureConnect connectivity platforms, will enable a remotely located surgeon to project his/her presence into a Karl Storz OR1 integrated operating room. The connection will be made via a high-speed Internet connection and provide high quality, real-time bi-directional audio and video communication.

The surgeon will have the ability to remotely control the VisitOR1 system, which is positioned above the surgical field. The system is intended to provide surgeons with a fully immersive and collaborative experience within all Karl Storz OR1 installations incorporating Remote Presence technology.

"Our partnership with Karl Storz further expands InTouch Health's vision of bringing Remote Presence to all areas of the hospital," said Yulun Wang, chairman/CEO of InTouch Health. "The RP-7 Robot is currently being used in applications in ICU's, Emergency Departments and on patient floors. We are excited to work alongside an industry leader like Karl Storz to advance Remote Presence into integrated operating rooms and extend the continuum of remote care. This OR1 integrated device furthers our vision of developing a healthcare delivery network that enables the right expertise to be at the right place at the right time, thereby improving patient care."

In other agreements/contracts news:

• Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, California) reported that Asuragen (Austin, Texas) has achieved certified service provider status for Agilent microarrays. Certification is for array-based comparative genomic hybridization and microRNA assays on the Agilent platform in life sciences.

• Cetero Research (Cary, North Carolina) and Cardiocore (Bethesda, Maryland) reported a global strategic alliance to optimize the design, conduct and reporting of cardiac safety studies. The alliance provides clinical trial sponsors direct access to an experienced team of Thorough QT scientists, unparalleled subject enrollment and bed capacity, integrated study management and accelerated data delivery. The partnership's turnkey offering also streamlines sponsors' vendor selection, quality evaluation and contracting processes.

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