US Varian Medical Systems establishes direct operation in South Africa

Varian Medical Systems, a world leader in radiation oncology systems and software, is establishing a direct sales and service operation in South Africa to better serve the growing cancer population in the country. Varian’s South African entity will be based in Johannesburg and will employ sales, service and support staff.
“It is now time for Varian to get closer to the market and provide direct sales and service support for the growing number of oncology departments in South Africa that provide treatments using our radiotherapy equipment and software,” says Jean-Luc Devleeschauwer, president of Varian’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “We have always intended to operate directly in South Africa and we now feel the time is right to do so. This move will help us to meet the increasing demand for advanced systems needed to treat the growing number of cancer patients in South Africa.”
Varian has historically sold and serviced its technology-leading radiotherapy systems to South African hospitals via a Johannesburg-based distributor, Tecmed Africa, but now intends to sell and service its systems directly starting this month.
Varian has installed more than 100 radiotherapy systems across Africa over the past 25 years, including 30 in South Africa. The company has also launched its ‘Access to Care’ educational program in the country in cooperation with Groote Schuur Hospital, providing training for radiation oncologists, medical physicists and radiotherapy therapists from across the African continent.
Varian Medical Systems focuses energy on saving lives and is a leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating and managing cancer. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Varian employs approximately 6,400 people at sites around the world.