News | Radiation Oncology | January 04, 2024

10-year multi-disciplinary oncology partnership builds on a long-standing relationship between Varian and Nova Scotia Health to improve clinical outcomes and drive value across the health system

10-year multi-disciplinary oncology partnership builds on a long-standing relationship between Varian and Nova Scotia Health to improve clinical outcomes and drive value across the health system

January 4, 2024 — Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company, and Nova Scotia Health have formed an unprecedented 10-year, $175 million CAD multi-disciplinary oncology partnership (MDOP) designed to deliver value across the Nova Scotia Health system by accelerating the patient journey from screening to survivorship.

Nova Scotia has a population of over 1 million with an incidence of cancer that is above average. Together, Nova Scotia Health and Varian aim to catalyze change and improve survival rates by building the oncology ecosystem of the future. The multi-disciplinary oncology partnership agreement reflects the synergistic value of the Siemens Healthineers and Varian combination, where the combined company is actively working on optimizing patient care across the cancer care pathway by pioneering solutions to enhance workflows, improve efficiencies, and make treatments more precise.

The partnership also creates an opportunity for economic growth. Varian will establish a new office in Halifax in the first half of 2024 and has committed $50 million CAD in payroll and rent over the 10 years, providing a minimum of 60 jobs in Nova Scotia over that period.  From its Nova Scotia office, Varian will work to develop a digital imaging concept, with feedback from Nova Scotia Health.  In addition, Nova Scotia Health will be able to leverage the expertise of Siemens Healthineers in the area of artificial intelligence as an incubator for new products and solutions. If the digital imaging concept is successfully commercialized, Varian will establish an MDOP Innovation Fund for future Nova Scotia Health Innovation Hub projects.

"Fixing healthcare in our province means keeping pace with the latest advancements in technology, equipment, and training," said Premier Tim Houston. "This partnership will foster a future where cancer care is a journey filled with hope, support, and unparalleled advancements."

"We are so impressed with the magnitude and breadth of Nova Scotia Health's ambition to not only stay on the cusp of advances in cancer care but also contribute to creating those advances so that patients can receive better, more effective, more coordinated care," said Arthur Kaindl, Head of Varian.  "This agreement brings to life our shared commitment to providing solutions across the cancer care continuum by addressing the needs of clinicians, program leaders, and the patients we all ultimately serve."

Disclaimer:  The term "Multi-disciplinary Oncology Partnership" and similar words used in this release does not imply, create, and/or establish a legal partnership or joint venture between Varian and Nova Scotia Health.

For more information: www.varian.com


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