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June Medical to establish EU base in Gothenburg

29 October 2020
British medical device company June Medical Group is establishing a new EU sales and service organisation in Gothenburg. A shortage of surgery nurses in Sweden and the possibility to collaborate with Swedish companies and surgeons are a few of the reasons for the new venture.

June Medical has created a new subsidiary, June Medical Sverige, which will bring its surgical products to the Swedish healthcare system. According to the company, it will also ensure uninterrupted operations across the EU, following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

“We are delighted to be bringing the international success of the Galaxy II to Swedish operating theatres, and look forward to delivering significant waste and cost savings across the Swedish healthcare system with our retractor,” said Angela Spang, CEO of June Medical, in a statement.

The Galaxy II is an innovative surgical retractor. The device frees up the hands of assistants and nurses that often have to hold the retractor, sometimes for long periods of time.

“I believe that when surgeries start again, there will be a push to have less people in the operating theatre, because less people means less infection risk. Replacing an assistant at the crowded incision, allowing the surgeon better visual access and complete tension control, Galaxy II will help healthcare staff all over the world. For Sweden, which reports that it already has a shortage of surgical nurses, this is even more crucial,” says Angela Spang.

The new Swedish operations will also offer new opportunities for collaborations and product development with lead figures within the country’s healthcare system.

“I’m personally looking forward to expanding our network of leading surgeons in my native Sweden, and am pleased to have secured Sweden as our new EU distribution base as a way of saying thank you for all the happy memories from my childhood,” says Angela Spang.

 

Surgery taking place at Sahlgrenska University Hospital
Gothenburg is home to Scandinavia’s largest university hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, with approximately 2,700 beds and 17,000 employees. Photo: Region Västra Götaland

 
sustainability - a key criteria for procurement

Iris Öhrn, investment advisor for life science at Business Region Göteborg, is supporting June Medical with its establishment in western Sweden and is helping the company to interact with the region’s ecosystem and find premises.

“I am happy that innovative British life science companies show interest in Gothenburg and our healthcare system. There is a shortage of qualified medical personnel in Sweden. The healthcare sector is investing large amounts of money to develop methods and solutions that can provide more high quality and personalised healthcare at the lowest cost and with less resources,” says Iris Öhrn.

She explains that the integration of health and safety aspects during the design of medical equipment and healthcare products has a clear impact on reaching the Sustainable Development goals.  

“The County Council, Region Västra Götaland, which is in charge of the provision and funding of healthcare, has sustainability as a key criteria for procurement. Better working environment, reduced stress for healthcare staff, and increased care production is what this is all about. I really hope June Medical can grow and develop in our region. Also, I can’t deny it is extra fun that it is a female CEO,” says Iris Öhrn.

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