Olympus has expanded its EndoTherapy product line.

The 3-in-1 SB Knives enable mucosal incision, submucosal dissection and hemostasis, for controlled, precision cutting. The SB Knives are a line of scissor-type ESD knives available in the U.S. through an exclusive distribution agreement between Olympus and Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. SB Knives are used in ESD to remove early gastrointestinal cancers that have not entered the muscle layer. Minimally invasive ESD procedures can sometimes help patients avoid open surgery.

Olympus also announced its co-promotion agreement of Eleview in the U.S. with Aries Pharmaceuticals. Eleview, designed for easy and safe resection, increases visibility of target lesion margins and is designed to lower the risk of perforation. Eleview improves margin visualization to help decrease the risk of gastrointestinal perforation and damage to the external muscular layer, which can lead to gastrointestinal perforation and may decrease the time needed to resect a lesion while reducing both reinjections required and piecemeal excisions, as compared to saline. Eleview was developed by Cosmo Pharmaceuticals N.V. Olympus and Aries, the U.S. distribution arm of Aries Ltd. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Cosmo, will work together to promote Eleview to end-user customers and will each sell the product through their existing distribution networks.

Additionally, Olympus announced its exclusive distribution agreement with Ruhof Healhcare for Guardian Endoscope Single-Use Valve Set, a sterile, disposable valve that eliminates the need for manual cleaning. Manufactured by Ruhof, Guardian Endoscope Single-Use Valve Set will be distributed in the U.S. by the Olympus Endoscopy Sales team. Designed for use in Olympus 140/160/180/190 Series Endoscopes, Guardian Endoscope Single-Use Valve Set is color coded for easy identification and differentiation. Each set contains one air/water, suction and biopsy valve and helps to prevent cross contamination. Through this partnership, Ruhof and Olympus are helping to create consistent practices and reduce the potential for error and healthcare-associated infections.

“With each device we unveil to the GI community, Olympus gains strength as being more than an excellent imaging partner; we evolve into a complete solutions provider to our customers,” Olympus America’s Kurt Heine said. “Strategic partnerships, a commitment to innovation and a drive to provide methods to raise quality and satisfaction while lowering costs – these are ways we build trust with our customers every day.”