RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), world leader in radiotherapy systems and software for the treatment of cancer, is expanding in the Middle East with the creation of a strategic operating entity in Saudi Arabia. Varian Medical Systems Arabia, the result of a joint venture with El Seif Development Group, was officially launched today at a ceremony attended by local dignitaries and Varian's chief executive officer Dow Wilson.
"This move represents the next step in our commitment both to cancer patients and the medical community in Saudi Arabia," said Dow Wilson. "Radiotherapy plays a vital and cost effective role in treating cancer and we are committed to making more advanced treatment systems available to more patients across the region."
Varian Medical Systems Arabia will be home to 35 sales, service and administrative employees supporting Varian's three business segments: Oncology Systems, Imaging Components and Particle Therapy. Varian has also established a spare parts depot in Riyadh.
"We look forward to supporting the ministry of health in Saudi Arabia as well as with the other healthcare service providers in the military sector, independent organizations and private hospitals," said Mazyad Al Utaibi, managing director of VMS Arabia. "Our expertise, experience, strengths and capabilities ensure we are well placed to continue offering our partners the latest technology and local service to fight cancer and help save lives."
Varian is the leading provider of radiotherapy systems to Saudi hospitals. The first Varian linear accelerator was installed in Saudi Arabia over 30 years ago and the company now has 22 systems operating across the country. Varian was also selected to equip the Middle East's first proton therapy center, which is under construction at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh.
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes, digital detectors, and image processing software and workstations for use in medical, scientific, and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,800 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
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