Industry News from Fujifilm, Gamma Medica-Ideas, Hologic, Misys, Siemens

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Fujifilm collaborated with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to launch a national public education campaign called Images of Health: Mammograms for a Million Moms. Part of the initiative is a new educational website, www.imagesofhealth.com. The site is a comprehensive resource to inform women and their families about mammography, including a means of finding a certified mammography facility in their area.


Gamma Medica-Ideas has been awarded a $100,000 grant to develop SPECT/MRI small-animal imaging systems from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.


Women’s imaging technology provider Hologic will dedicate on Oct. 6 its new European headquarters in Brussels, which will hold its Service and Parts Depot, and Training Center. The new facility doubles the size of the Hologic European headquarters. The new facility is the second major investment for Hologic in Europe in the past six months. In May, Hologic announced the acquisition of photoconductor provider AEG Elektrofotografie based in Germany. AEG is Hologic’s sole supplier of amorphous selenium photoconductor coatings for Selenia digital mammography detectors. The company also maintains a close collaboration with MeVis BreastCare in Bremen, Germany, for the development of the SecurView DX multi-modality, diagnostic softcopy workstation.


London-based Misys plc, the parent company of Misys Healthcare Systems in Raleigh, N.C., announced the halt to the period it will accept proposals for its sale. Misys plc put itself up for sale in early June of this year. The company said that it had not received any proposals it considered worth taking to shareholders at this time. The company also announced that Kevin Lomax, CEO, has stepped down and that the company’s non-executive chairman, Sir Dominic Cadbury, is assuming Lomax’s duties for now.


Siemens Medical Solutions is marking National Breast Cancer Awareness Month via a collaborative effort with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The organizations have developed the “Change the Statistic” website ( www.changethestatistic.com), an online location where women can virtually promise to have their annual mammogram. For each of the first 50,000 promises, Siemens Medical Solutions will donate $1 to the Komen Foundation. The goal is to secure at least 50,000 promises.