An expanded licensing agreement between Masimo, Irvine, Calif, and Nihon Kohden, Foothill Ranch, Calif, will allow worldwide availability of Nihon Kohden’s bedside and patient monitoring products with the integration of Masimo SET technology.

"Growing clinical preference for Masimo SET continues to drive pulse oximetry technology selection for our customers," says Kazuo Ogino, chairman and chief executive officer of Nihon Kohden. "We began integrating Masimo SET into Nihon Kohden products in the United States and Canada in 2006. The demand for Masimo technology worldwide continues to grow and we want to provide our customers with their preference of pulse oximetry technology. "

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with Nihon Kohden to deliver advanced pulse oximetry solutions to customers in every part of the world. The expansion of our technology license broadens clinical access to ‘gold standard’ Masimo SET pulse oximetry and reinforces Nihon Kohden’s continued commitment to customer satisfaction," says Joe E. Kiani, founder and chief executive officer of Masimo.