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Misonix (Farmingdale, New York) said that it has entered into a new, exclusive, three-year distribution agreement with privately-held LAVI Industrial & Medical Agencies (Kfar Saba, Israel) for the distribution of the SonaStar Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator and the BoneScalpel Ultrasonic Bone Cutter.

The agreement provides LAVI with the rights to sell in Israel and includes minimum purchase requirements.

The SonaStar is used by neuro and general surgeons for removal of both hard and soft tumors, while sparing most vessels. In addition, OsteoSculpt bone-shaving technology can be employed with the SonaStar to safely remove osseous structures, thus providing access to the surgical site.

The BoneScalpel is a tissue-specific osteotomy device capable of making precise cuts through bone and hard tissue while largely preserving delicate soft-tissue structures. It offers the convenience and speed of a power instrument without the potential hazards associated with rotary sharps, Misonix said.

"Misonix is very excited about LAVI joining our sales and distribution organization. We know LAVI as a premier distributor of advanced medical equipment in Israel," said President/CEO Michael McManus Jr. "We are particularly pleased that they will be distributing two of our product platforms through their well-established channels."

In other agreements/contracts news:

• Exactech (Gainesville, Florida) said it has extended its relationship with Hospital for Special Surgery (New York) to further advance implant designs for total knee replacement surgery.

Exactech plans to introduce a new knee implant as an evolution of its flagship Optetrak brand, as a result of this continued collaboration. Limited release of the new knee is expected in the second half of 2009.

Exactech and Hospital for Special Surgery began collaborating on knee implant development in 1992, which culminated in Exactech's licensure of Hospital for Special Surgery technologies. The resulting Optetrak comprehensive knee system has been marketed by Exactech since 1995 and represents roughly 45% of the company's sales.

• CytoCore (Chicago) and privately held Synermed Select Partners (Westfield, Indiana) reported a distribution agreement that gives CytoCore U.S. and international rights to distribute the Synermed General Cytology Preservative in combination with its SoftPAP cervical cell collection device.

Robert McCullough Jr., CEO of CytoCore, said, "This agreement with Synermed allows CytoCore to offer physicians and laboratories the Synermed Preservative with our SoftPAP cervical cell collector in one convenient, cost-effective package."

• HTG (Tucson, Arizona) and Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL; Lenexa, Kansas) said that the companies signed a multi-year agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, CRL Global Services will provide CLIA-certified laboratory services for HTG's pharmaceutical, biotech and academic clients.

HTG's quantitative nuclease protection assay (qNPA) is an automated assay that allows researchers to quickly and accurately measure gene expression levels of mRNA and miRNA in cells, blood, saliva and tissues with minimal hands-on time. Using HTG's reagent kits and equipment, CRL Global Services will evaluate samples or sample plates using HTG's qNPA ArrayPlate technology in its laboratory.

• Dialog Medical (Atlanta), a provider of informed consent and patient education systems for hospitals and physician practices, reported a contract extension for its iMedConsent application with St. Luke's Episcopal Health System (Houston). Installation of the informed consent application has been completed at St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital (Sugar Land, Texas), a 100-bed, acute-care hospital.

iMedConsent includes procedure-specific consent forms for more than 2,100 medical and surgical procedures; patient education documents for thousands of diagnoses and treatments; and an extensive anatomical image gallery that allows the physician to annotate images and simplify complex topics for the patient.

Dialog Medical completed training of the St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital staff prior to its opening late last year, and the application was "live" when the first patients were admitted.

• Premier (San Diego) reported new agreements for patient room and systems furniture have been awarded to Stryker Instruments (Kalamazoo, Michigan). Effective Feb. 15, the 34.5-month agreement is available to acute and continuum-of-care members of the Premier healthcare alliance.

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