Katena Products Establishes Direct Sales Force in the UK

1 January 2019

Denville, NJ – January 1, 2019 – Katena Products, a leading global provider of precision ophthalmic instruments, biologics, and devices to hospitals, surgical centers, and ophthalmic and optometric offices announces the establishment of a direct sales force in the United Kingdom in association with its newly acquired subsidiary, Blink Medical.

A first for Katena outside of the United States, Katena will utilize the previously established Blink Medical sales force, enabling customers to place orders directly with their Blink representative for Katena, Rhein Medical, Blink Medical, Barron, and Rhein Essentials products.

The full range of Katena’s branded products will be warehoused in the Blink facility, shortening delivery times while increasing service capabilities through direct distribution and representation.

Katena’s instruments were previously represented by Spectrum UK. Spectrum’s distribution of Katena instruments ceased December 31, 2018.

"The synergies gained from the acquisition of Blink Medical allowed us to expand our direct reach into the UK,” said Mark Fletcher, CEO. “We believe that direct representation, service, and support are essential value adds in an increasingly competitive industry."

All Blink sales representatives will undergo intensive Katena product training to ensure an uninterrupted ability to deliver and support the products.

About Katena Products, Inc.
Katena is a recognized worldwide leader in specialty surgical and consumable ophthalmic and optometric products. Katena markets a comprehensive line of surgical instruments, biologics, medical devices and optical lenses to physician offices, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers through their direct salesforce and to international customers in over 110 countries through an extensive distributor network. Katena continues to strengthen its position in these key markets through organic growth and merger and acquisition strategies. For additional information please visit www.corzaeye.com.

Katena Products, Inc. is owned by Audax Private Equity, a Boston-based private equity firm. Audax Private Equity is an integral part of Audax Group, an alternative asset management firm specializing in investments in middle market companies. With offices in Boston, New York, and Menlo Park, Audax Group has over $10 billion in assets under management across its Private Equity, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt businesses.

About Blink Medical Ltd.
Blink Medical Ltd. was founded in 2004 as a disposable instrument company in the ophthalmic surgical space. The company's product portfolio focuses on single use surgical instruments and has expanded to include product offerings across multiple specialties including dermatology, ENT, cosmetic and plastic surgery. Blink also provides standard and custom procedural packs within its Ophthalmic and General surgical specialties. All instruments and packs are QC inspected and packed in Blink’s own class 8 clean room. Supplying NHS hospitals, private hospital groups and independent clinics, Blink also exports to over 20 countries worldwide.