Novation And Varian Medical Systems Announce Equipment Supply Agreement For Cancer Treatment Systems | Varian

Novation And Varian Medical Systems Announce Equipment Supply Agreement For Cancer Treatment Systems

PALO ALTO, Calif., - June 06, 2002 - Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR)and Novation, the supply company for VHA Inc. and University HealthSystem
Consortium (UHC), two national health care alliances, today announced a
three-year agreement to supply  VHA and UHC members with advanced
radiotherapy systems for treating cancer.  The contract covers Varian's
state-of-the-art equipment and software for SmartBeam™ IMRT (intensity
modulated radiation therapy), a new form of highly precise radiation therapy
that targets cancer cells with high doses while minimizing the exposure of
nearby healthy tissue.

"Novation is a leading supply chain management company that helps VHA and UHC
members have access to high quality products at the lowest total cost," said
Mark McKenna, Novation  President.  "We're pleased to continue our
work with Varian Medical Systems so that cutting-edge cancer treatment
technologies like SmartBeam IMRT are made more widely accessible to patients
who can benefit."

"This agreement with Novation renews a long-standing contract that provides
VHA and UHC members with contract pricing and buying opportunities," said
Timothy Guertin, president of Varian Medical Systems' oncology business. 
"IMRT has the potential to improve the results of radiation therapy for many
cancer patients.  This contract is an important mechanism for making the
technology more widely accessible."

Under the agreement, Novation will offer VHA and UHC members access to Varian
Medical Systems' full spectrum of hardware and software tools for delivering
internal and external beam radiotherapy, including the Clinac® EX medical
linear accelerator, the Ximatron® treatment simulator, the Millennium™
multi-leaf collimator, Eclipse™ and Helios™ treatment planning
software, the VARiS® Vision™ suite of oncology information
management tools, the VariSource™ HDR brachytherapy system, and
BrachyVision™ treatment planning software.

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