Montana-based operator Summit Aviation has been acquired by TransMedics Group, a US medical technology company that is transforming organ transplant therapy for patients with end-stage lung, heart and liver failure. The acquisition enables the establishment of TransMedics Aviation as the first integrated national provider of air logistics dedicated exclusively to organ transplantation in the US.
"We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Summit Aviation, which represents a critical element of TransMedics' strategy to build and manage a national transplant logistics network designed to expand the reach and coverage of the National OCS Programme," says managing director, president and CEO Waleed Hassanein. "I want to take this opportunity to welcome the Summit team to the TransMedics team. I also want to welcome Ben Walton in his new role as our new VP of aviation services."
The acquisition by the medical technology company follows a call on the FAA by the US House of Representatives to improve air transport of donor organs.