GE signs $50 million deal

GE has signed multi-year agreements to provide Edwards Lifesciences Corporation with thermistors and pressure sensors for use in Edwards’ Swan-Ganz thermodilution catheters and disposable blood pressure transducers.

GE Thermometrics and GE NovaSensor, providers of miniature thermistors, silicon microstructures and sensors, and units of GE Industrial Systems and the General Electric Company have announced two multi-year agreements with Edwards Lifesciences Corporation.

The agreements, worth more than $50 million over the next five years, will provide thermistors and pressure sensors for use in the Swan-Ganz thermodilution catheter and disposable blood pressure transducers produced by Edwards Lifesciences.

Used extensively in cardiac diagnostic and corrective procedures, the disposable Swan-Ganz thermodilution catheter is inserted into a vein in the groin or neck of a patient and fed through the heart via the pulmonary artery. A glass sealed GE thermistor is located near the tip, where the time-temperature profile is measured by the thermistor. The resulting analysis yields the cardiac output or blood volume per minute.

GE will also provide its NPC-107 pressure sensor, specifically designed for use in disposable medical applications. The sensor integrates a pressure sensor die with temperature compensation circuitry and gel protection in a small package for use in disposable blood pressure transducers.