Varian Medical Systems
|Traded as||NYSE: VAR
S&P 500 Component
|Dow R. Wilson, President and CEO|
Number of employees
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) of Palo Alto, California, USA, is the world leader in radiation oncology treatments and software. These medical devices include linear accelerators and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers, and medical oncology practices. Varian is a supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical diagnostics, dentistry, veterinary care, scientific, security, industrial inspection including high-energy X-ray technology for cargo screening. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,350 people at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world.
Varian was founded in 1948 as Varian Associates by Russell H. Varian, Sigurd F. Varian, William Webster Hansen, and Edward Ginzton to sell the Klystron, the first tube which could generate electromagnetic waves at microwave frequencies, and other electromagnetic equipment.
By 1999, Varian Associates had branched into semiconductor, vacuum tube, and medical device fields. On April 2, 1999 these divisions split to become Varian Semiconductor, Varian, Inc. and Varian Medical Systems.
Varian corporate headquarters is in Palo Alto, California. In September 2012, Dow Wilson replaced Timothy Guertin as President and CEO. Guertin had been the CEO since 2006 when he replaced Richard M. Levy, who had been with Varian for 37 years and still serves as chairman of the board of directors. Wilson is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Varian operates a corporate philanthropy and charitable giving organization through the Varian Medical Systems Foundation. It operates within the Community Foundation of Silicon Valley (CFSV).
One of the company's newest products is the EDGE™ Radiosurgery Suite. A fully integrated, dedicated system for performing advanced radiosurgery using new real-time tumor tracking technology and motion management capabilities. The first cancer centers to receive this new technology were the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.
Varian manufactures the ProBeam Proton Therapy System currently running at RPTC Rinecker Proton Therapy Center in Munich, Germany and Scripps proton-therapy in San Diego, California. These are an all pencil-beam scanning proton therapy system utilizing IMPT video which was developed with PSI of Switzerland. The equally important medical software and radiology information system developed by Varian is the eclipse for proton treatment-planning system.
Varian has facilities in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, Canada, United Arab Emirates and Australia.
- 2011: R&D 100 Award and Red dot product design award for TrueBeam system.
- 2009: Number 12 in the BusinessWeek 50 listing of best performing public corporations 
- 2007: Number 14 in the BusinessWeek 50 listing of best performing public corporations 
- 2007, 2008 and 2009: Named one of IndustryWeek's "50 Best Manufacturing Companies" in the U.S.
- 2006: R&D 100 Award 
- 2006: Forbes Global High Performer
- 2004: 2005 Forbes Platinum 400 list
Varian Medical Systems has acquired other companies including Pan-Pacific Enterprises, ACCEL Instruments, Bio-Imaging Research, Inc. Sigma Micro Informatique Conseil, and Argus Software.
Free speech litigation
Varian Medical Systems, Inc. sued a former employee for defamation in Varian v. Delfino. The terminated employee Dr. Michelangelo Delfino posted numerous messages criticizing the company on the Internet. The case finally settled on undisclosed terms. The lawsuit itself was controversial, heavily publicized, and led to a landmark ruling about California's anti-SLAPP statute. Some market-based workers rights activists uphhold Delfino as an example because he mortgaged his house to pay his legal bills related to the lawsuit with Varian.
University of Pittsburgh litigation
On April 25, 2012 a US federal judge in Pittsburgh awarded attorney fees, costs, and doubled damages totaling $73.6 million to the University of Pittsburgh after the university won a suit on medical patent infringement grounds against Varian.
- "VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC 2013 Annual Report Form (10-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. November 26, 2013.
- "VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC 2014 Q2 Quarterly Report Form (10-Q)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. May 5, 2014.
- "Varian Medical Systems Inc. - IW 50 Best Manufacturing Company PROFILE - 2009". Industryweek.com. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- BW 50: Varian Medical Systems Profile
- "2006 R & D 100 Award Winners". Advantage Business Media.
- "Forbes Global High Performers - Forbes.com". Forbes.
- MTB Europe - Varian acquires Chinese medical equipment distributor
- MTB Europe - Varian to acquire German proton therapy system supplier ACCEL Instruments
- "Varian Medical Systems Completes Acquisition of Bio-Imaging Research". 24 May 2007.
- Varian Medical Systems acquires Sigma Micro Informatique Conseil
- Varian Medical Systems Acquires Argus Software; Argus Software Automates Collection of Quality Control and Test Data for Radiation Equipment. | Company Activities & Management > Company Structures & Ownership from AllBusiness.com
- Lord, Rich (2012-04-25). "Pitt to receive $73.6 million for patent infringements". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
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