Resonetics said yesterday it acquired FISO Technologies, which develops and builds fiber optic sensors and signal conditioners.

Founded in 1994 and based in Quebec City, Quebec, FISO was previously owned by Nova Ventures’ Nova Metrix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FISO’s fiber optic development and advanced manufacturing supports high-volume production of complex fiber optic products for the medical device and energy markets, Resonetics said in a news release.

“We are excited to add FISO’s innovative fiber optic capabilities to provide our customers with improved access to another novel technology that’s already proven useful in several clinical applications,” Resonetics President and CEO Tom Burns said in the news release. “FISO serves market leaders in interventional cardiology, critical care and women’s health and we believe the technology has broad application in other clinical areas.”

FISO’s sensors measure pressure, temperature, force, displacement, and position. Resonetics said the advantages of FISO’s sensors over traditional solid-state technology include:

  • Flexibility, kink resistance and extremely small dimensions
  • high suitability for minimally invasive disposable devices
  • No electrical components, which means no interference with electrosurgical instruments, plus compatibility with MRI systems and RF-MW ablation devices
  • High frequency response and instantaneous readout to avoid signal attenuation and improve detection of transients
  • Extremely accurate in situ measurements of any physiological event
  • Superior quality and high production volumes thanks to robotic manufacturing

The closed deal is Resonetics’ ninth acquisition in five years. The Nashua, New Hampshire-based life science engineering and manufacturing company has more than 1,500 employees and more than 550,000 square feet of facility space across a dozen sites.