The Diploma Healthcare Group (“DHG”) operates in three principal geographies – Canada, Australasia and Europe. In Canada, DHG comprises three principal operating businesses, Somagen, AMT and Vantage. DHG in Australia and New Zealand comprises two principal operating businesses, BGS and abacus dx. In Europe, DHG operates through TPD.
Somagen Diagnostics (“Somagen”) is a leading supplier to the clinical diagnostics market in Canada and joined the Group in July 2004. It operates from a 16,000 sq.ft freehold facility in Edmonton.
Somagen supplies a range of consumables and instruments used in the diagnostic testing of blood, tissue and other samples in hospital laboratories. Consumable products are in the form of chemical reagents and are often packaged as kits to enable the analyst to carry out a complete testing routine. A large proportion of Somagen's revenues are generated from reagent rental contracts with terms ranging from one to five years. An instrument is provided to the customer in return for a commitment to minimum annual purchases of reagents.
Somagen's principal customers are the ca. 600 laboratories within hospitals across Canada. Somagen has exclusive long-term distribution agreements for Canada with a range of suppliers from the US, Japan and Europe.
Somagen is also a leading supplier of products and services to the growing assisted reproductive technology ("ART") market, represented by approximately 30 dedicated clinics across Canada.
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Somagen location: Edmonton, Canada.
AMT Electrosurgery (“AMT”) is a leading distributor of specialty electrosurgery equipment and consumables for use in the operating rooms of hospitals across Canada.
Products include surgical Smoke Evacuation, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Patient Positioning, Hydro Dissection and O.R. Disposables. A large proportion of AMT's revenues come from multi-year customer contracts with hospitals and buying groups. Sales efforts are focused on nurse managers, physicians and surgeons. AMT is also building a portfolio of specialised surgical instruments and devices used in Urology and Gynecology.
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AMT location: Kitchener, near Toronto, Canada
Vantage Endoscopy (“Vantage”), a division of AMT, supplies a range of medical devices and related consumables and services to GI Endoscopy suites in hospitals and private clinics across Canada. Products include endoscopic imaging, therapeutic technologies, devices and other essential accessories and service support.
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Vantage location: Kitchener, near Toronto, Canada
Big Green Surgical ("BGS") in Australia and New Zealand supplies products across the smoke evacuation, electrosurgery, patient positioning, bariatric surgery and instrument cleaning and validation sectors. BGS is building a portfolio of suppliers and product lines to increase its presence in the laparoscopic surgery space. BGS shares some common suppliers with the AMT business in Canada. BGS joined DHG in July 2010.
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BGS location: Melbourne, Australia
Diagnostic Solutions ("DSL") supplies in-vitro diagnostic products to hospitals and private laboratories in Australia and New Zealand. DSL shares several common suppliers with Somagen in Canada and joined DHG in June 2012.
In April 2017, DHG completed the acquisition of Abacus ALS (“Abacus”) in Australia and New Zealand. Abacus is a long established supplier of diagnostics instrumentation and consumables to the pathology laboratories and to research and educational institutions.
Abacus has very complementary clinical diagnostics products to DSL and these two businesses are now in the process of being integrated to form “abacus dx”, a larger broader-based Clinical Diagnostic, Life Science and Patient Simulation business, supplying across Australasia.
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abacus dx location: Brisbane, Australia
TPD is an established supplier of products to the Biotechnology, Clinical Laboratory and Medical markets in Ireland and the UK. Similar to the other DHG businesses, TPD focusses on specialised laboratory diagnostic and specialty medical device segments, again leveraging a number of common suppliers.
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TPD location: Ballina, County Tipperary, Ireland