Écouen, France and Brussels, Belgium, October 7, 2020 – Vygon, a group specializing in single-use medical devices, and Oncomfort, the Belgian inventor of Digital SedationTM – a new method for relieving patients’ pain and anxiety without medication – today announce a commercial partnership in six European countries. The strong synergy between Vygon’s specialization and Oncomfort’s fields of application will enable greater acceleration of the adoption of Digital SedationTM by healthcare professionals and patients.
Digital Sedation is a CE marked medical device designed to relieve, without medication, the pain and anxiety of patients, combining hypnotherapy and integrative therapeutic techniques through virtual reality glasses.
A partnership based on strong synergies in the healthcare field
Through this parnership, Vygon will offer healthcare professionals a new therapeutic option in performing their interventions – with many benefits: less medication, less disruption, more comfort for the patient, without the usual side effects associated with pharmacological therapies. This partnership is effective immediately; the Sedakit device will be introduced to the market in January 2021 in France, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Vygon specializes in the development and commercialization of medical devices that are used by healthcare professionals in multiple clinical areas, in particular intravascular therapies, anesthesia and emergency care, as well as cardiology and vascular surgery. Oncomfort has created its digital therapy to reduce pain and anxiety for patients in these clinical areas and has proven its effectiveness in terms of improved workflow and better health outcomes for patients.
“Vygon has long-standing experience in combined therapeutic approaches. Oncomfort’s innovative technique is in line with our expansion in this field,” said Stéphane Regnault, president of Vygon. “Our international presence in hospitals and clinics allows us to integrate Oncomfort’s solution into interventional approaches to ensure that the patient can benefit from the best care.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with Vygon,” said Mario Huyghe, CEO at Oncomfort. “It has an international presence in specialties where Oncomfort’s efficacy has been proven. Our method covers light to deep sedation, allowing it to be used in the different clinical areas in which Vygon is active. Our hypnotherapeutic sessions using virtual reality have been designed for internationalization, with sessions already available in 12 languages. Together with Vygon, we will deploy configurations targeted for each clinical activity. This will enable us to provide a personalized approach to patients and healthcare professionals across all hospitals and clinics.”
A great asset in different clinical specialties
“We immediately saw the potential of this partnership,” said Thomas Walter, vice president of Vygon’s Intravascular Therapy (IVT) and Cardiovascular & Surgery (CVS) Business Unit. “Our customers have tested Digital Sedation in some of their minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures (angioplasty, stenting, carotid, etc.), in the placement of catheters and implantable ports, and even in the administration of chemotherapy in day care. These trials have demonstrated that this method provides significant added value for medical teams during the procedure. In addition, the positive impact on the comfort of patients before the intervention and during the drug treatment is impressive.”
“Sedakit, Oncomfort’s medical device, enables the use of non-pharmacological sedation in routine care, following a short end-user training,” said John Kerridge, vice president of Vygon’s Anesthesia & Emergency (A&E) Business Unit. “The clinically proven efficacy of Digital Sedation allows its use as a validated perioperative therapy. This technique is of particular interest when performing procedures under local anesthesia, such as peripheral nerve blocks, epidural and spinal procedures.”
Oncomfort, founded in 2017 and headquartered in Wavre near Brussels (Belgium), combines virtual reality capabilities and knowledge in clinical hypnosis into an innovative medical solution for digital sedation. Oncomfort has built a strong co-creative team that successfully brings to market medical CE-approved applications for digital sedation as well as anxiety and pain management. Both nationally and internationally, Oncomfort has received multiple awards in the fields of clinical application, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Vygon designs, manufactures and markets high-tech single-use medical devices for healthcare professionals in hospital and for private and independent practitioners. Vygon is a world leader within this industry, offering a wide range of products in a number of clinical specialties. Organized in five business units (Intensive Care – Obstetrics Neonatology Enteral – Intravascular Therapies – Cardiovascular & Surgery – Anesthesia & Emergency), Vygon combines local and international in-depth expertise and know-how in each individual field. With expertise right along the value chain, from product design to the delivery of training for medical personnel, Vygon provides health care professionals with effective and innovative products tailored to their needs and those of their patients, for optimum use and safety.
The company distributes over 205 million products a year in more than 120 countries through its network of 26 subsidiaries and 331 distributors. Vygon products display the CE and/or FDA mark and are manufactured in the group’s eight factories in Europe, the USA and Colombia. A family company founded in 1962, Vygon is based in Ecouen, in France’s Greater Paris region. It is a mid-sized business employing 2,350 staff worldwide. The turnover in 2019 was €338 million ($395.6M), with 81% of this derived from Vygon’s international business.