Truelove had acquired the first flexible fibre-optic gastroscope capable of taking biopsies under direct vision, and together they pioneered its early use. Some conservatives opposed them, but they soon demonstrated that it allowed for safe and non-invasive investigations that frequently obviated the need for surgery. In 1967, Schiller was appointed consultant physician to St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, where he developed a thriving endoscopy unit. His interest led him to make contact with other aspiring endoscopists and the formation of the British Society for Digestive Endoscopy (BSDE), an influential organisation that campaigned successfully for NHS support. With Truelove as president and Schiller as honorary secretary, training courses flourished and regular national and international conferences ensued. While at St Peter’s, Schiller found himself increasingly at odds with what he regarded as political and managerial interference. A passionate supporter of the founding ideals of the NHS, he had no time for Thatcherite fads: he refused to write a “mission statement”, declaring that he was a doctor, not a missionary. Nevertheless, he made a major contribution to the growing reputation of the hospital, especially in gastroenterology and endoscopy. He also established a successful private practice. Schiller was a remarkable stylist and wrote a number of papers and chapters in books, and edited and contributed to three endoscopy-related volumes. The most significant was A Colour Atlas of Gastroenterological Endoscopy (1986, revised 2002). The BSDE was subsumed into the BSG (British Society of Gastroenterologists) and Schiller was elected its vice-president. Schiller was a man of wide-ranging interests. He had a passion for the natural world the wildflowers of the Austrian Alps, migrating birds in Norfolk, and his garden in Oxfordshire.
CORPAK Acquires Merck Serono’s UK Gastroenterology Sales and Distribution Operation
Merck Serono had previously served as CORPAK’s distribution partner for the region. “The acquisition of the Merck Serono gastroenterology business strengthens our presence in Europe and our direct operation will support high levels of customer service and continued growth,” says Tom Kuhn, President of CORPAK. “I would like to thank the employees at Merck Serono for their support in building the CORPAK business in the UK and Republic of Ireland.” “The gastroenterology business is a strong and growing operation in the UK and Ireland, but Merck Serono has made a strategic decision to focus on our core pharmaceutical business,” explains Charles Dring, Commercial Director of Merck Serono Limited. “We have been working very closely with CORPAK to make the transition as seamless as possible for our customers.” There will be no change to the product range and all CORPAK products will continue to be available on the current codes and prices. The acquisition keeps relationships with existing sub-distributors unchanged. “We are especially pleased to be able to welcome the gastroenterology employees from Merck Serono to the CORPAK family,” says Jeff Blair, CEO of CORPAK. “We are confident that the UK and Ireland team will continue the history of excellence and dedication that has benefitted our customers in the past.” “This acquisition represents an important step in expanding our international presence and we look forward to continuing to provide our innovative, quality products to the European market,” added Eric Larson, Chairman of the CORPAK Board. CORPAK MedSystems UK ( http://www.corpakmedsystemsuk.com ) Tel: +44 (0) 129 380 4769 Fax: +44 (0) 129 380 4770 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org About CORPAK MedSystems, Inc. ( http://www.corpakmedsystems.com ) CORPAK MedSystems, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of innovative medical devices focused on the enteral-feeding and bedside-location markets, including the company’s flagship CORTRAK computer-guided system that enables real-time visualization of the feeding-tube tip during placement. The company has established the leading market position in premium branded, adult, long-term nasogastric feeding tubes and offers a broad portfolio of other high-quality enteral products, including gastrostomy feeding tubes, gastric-pressure relief devices, and enteral-feeding safety devices. Founded in 1979, CORPAK was acquired by Linden Capital Partners in August 2008 from Cardinal Health. The company has recently moved to a new state-of-the-art facility just north of Chicago in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Mergers, Acquisitions & Takeovers