imageSandman Goes Online
Nellcor Puritan Bennett (Melville) Ltd customers can now browse the company product line at The recently launched Web site offers product information for the Ottawa-based company, in addition to access to an email distribution list and contest registration.

With an identification name and password, current customers have access to frequently asked questions, the product catalog, and direct emailing options to technical support, product application specialists, and sales administration.

Named after the fairy-tale character who lulls children to sleep by sprinkling sand in their eyes, the Sandman line provides sleep testing solutions for hospitals, researchers, and clinicians. (800) 663-3336;

Bio-Logic Wins $3.3 Million Tender
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care awarded $3.3 million of a $3.4 million tender to Bio-logic Systems Corp, Mundelein, Ill.

Under the tender, Bio-logic will supply hearing screening and diagnostic equipment to test infant hearing throughout Ontario. The $3.3 million order was shipped in March, and the company anticipates additional orders through March 2002. Beginning in April, the company expected to receive approximately $200,000 of orders per annum for related disposables. (800) 323-8326;

Viasys Sponsors ARCF Endowment
In May, Palm Springs, Calif-based Viasys Healthcare—which includes Bear Medical Systems, Bird Products Corp, and SensorMedics Critical Care—and the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) announced the Viasys Healthcare Fellowship for Neonatal and Pediatric Therapists.

The ARCF Board of Trustees will select recipients based on abstract submissions. Special focus will be on bench studies, clinical research studies, and other qualified studies that involve mechanical ventilation. The fellowship includes a $1,000 cash award, a plaque, and registration, airfare, and one night’s lodging for the American Association for Respiratory Care International Respiratory Congress on December 1-4 in San Antonio, Tex.

“We acknowledge the contributions of neonatal and pediatric therapists whose dedication and commitment have helped improve respiratory care for these special patients and their families,” says Rebecca A. Mabry, Viasys vice president of marketing. “We hope the endowment encourages research in the areas of neonatal and pediatric critical care as well as pediatric home care and transport.”

In April, Thermo Electron, Waltham, Mass, combined a number of its wholly-owned medical products businesses to form Viasys Healthcare. Thermo Electron intends to spin off the company as a tax-free dividend to Thermo Electron shareholders in the second half of 2001. (760) 778-7200;

SleepMed Acquires HSDI
SleepMed, Columbia, SC, purchased Home Sleep Diagnostics Inc (HSDI), Los Angeles, in a cash and stock transaction. HSDI will adopt the SleepMed name and have responsibility for SleepMed’s sleep and electroencephalography businesses in California. HSDI provides diagnostic and therapy services for people with suspected sleep disorders. SleepMed provides diagnostic and treatment services for sleep disorders and epilepsy. (800) 373-7326;

Siemens Signs Ventilator Agreement
Under a 3-year agreement, the Electromedical Division of Siemens Medical Solutions, Danvers, Mass, will provide Servo 300, 300A, and 900 series ventilators and clinical training to HealthTrust Purchasing Group, Nashville, Tenn.
HealthTrust Purchasing Group has more than 600 members including hospitals, surgery centers, clinics, physicians, integrated delivery networks, and affiliate members. Siemens anticipates the agreement will generate more than $1 million. (978) 907-6300;

BusinessWeek Ranks ResMed Number 31
ResMed, San Diego, ranked 31st on the 2001 BusinessWeek Hot Growth Companies list. The list ranks public companies with annual sales between $50 million and $1.5 billion according to their 3-year results in sales growth, earnings growth, and return on invested capital. ResMed is the top-ranked medical products company overall, and the top-ranked company in San Diego county on the list. BusinessWeek also ranked ResMed in the top five companies from their 1999 list in terms of 2-year total return, which was 239%.

“We are delighted by this recognition of ResMed’s achievements by BusinessWeek for the third year in a row,” says ResMed CEO Peter C. Farrell, PhD. “Awareness of sleep disordered breathing, particularly sleep apnea, and its effects on public health is increasing in the community, and ResMed is making a significant contribution to treating people with these conditions. I wish to thank the ResMed team for enabling the company to again achieve this accolade from BusinessWeek.” (800) 424-0737;

FDA Approves Pediatric Asthma Treatment
The US Food and Drug Administration approved AccuNeb™ Inhalation Solution for asthmatic children ages 2 to 12. AccuNeb, from Dey LP, Napa, Calif, an associate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, offers premixed, premeasured, reduced dosages of albuterol inhalation solution for bronchospasm relief in young patients with asthma.

Available in sterile and preservative-free unit-dose vials, AccuNeb complies with National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines for pediatric asthma patients. To reduce the likelihood of mixing errors and cross-contamination, the solution is available in two concentrations: 1.25 mg and 0.63 mg (potency expressed as albuterol, equivalent to 1.5 mg and 0.75 mg albuterol sulfate). (800) 755-5560;

Group Buy Recognizes Datex-Ohmeda, Draeger
Datex-Ohmeda, Madison, Wis, and Draeger Medical, Telford, Pa, received a dual award at the Consorta anesthesia group buy in April. Consorta, Rolling Meadows, Ill, recognized the companies as preferred manufacturers of anesthesia machines used for patients undergoing surgical procedures. Consorta members bought 67 anesthesia systems representing $2.5 million in total purchases. (847) 255-6990;

Excellence Award
James V. Young, president and CEO of General Physiotherapy, received the annual St Louis Global Excellence Award at the 2001 Western Hemisphere Trade Outlook Conference in May. Presented on behalf of St Louis Regional International Partnership, the award recognizes a local manufacturer who displays commitment and maintains steady growth in export business. (314) 291-1442.

Vapotherm Launches Hydration System
In May, Vapotherm, Annapolis, Md, made the Vapotherm™ 2000i available to hospitals in the United States. Unveiled in April at the Focus on Respiratory Show in Cleveland, the vapor-phase hydration system delivers high-flow air or oxygen by nasal cannula. Vapotherm plans to introduce the international equivalent in the fourth quarter of 2001. (410) 974-9255;