We have a history
50 years of experience
Our sterile surgical sutures have been produced in Switzerland since 1962 when Mr. Willy Baerfuss and his friends Dr. Jean-Michel Junod, Surgeon FMH and Louis Chassot, Pharmacist founded the company Sutramed Sàrl. in the watch/precision industry region of Switzerland.
In the early 1970’s, the joint-venture company Astra-Sutramed SA was formed
in Lausanne together with the Swedish pharmaceutical group Astra AB to market the products in Scandinavia under the brand name Astra sutures. This successful venture made the company decide to market the products worldwide under that brand until Astra AB in the mid 1980s concentrated itself again on pharmaceuticals and decided not to be involved any longer in medical devices.
As a consequence, the Lausanne based marketing company was renamed Assut SA and the brand changed to Assut sutures.
In 1996, after a re-organization, the company became Assut Medical Sàrl
with headquarters in Pully-Lausanne and production facilities remaining at the same industrial site. It is 100% family Baerfuss owned and heading toward the third generation. Increased activities in marketing, R&D and product innovation with a renewed technical team give the assurance of a constant and modern upgrading of service
to the surgical field worldwide.
Since 1998, Assut sutures and Assut knives have been certified CE and are nowadays marked and certified CE-0344 by Dekra Certification B.V., the Netherlands. Assut sutures are produced according to the US and European Pharmacopeia.
Swiss Assut made products are present
in over 50 countries through exclusive
or independent national distributors
and are used daily worldwide, inclusive in Switzerland. Famous International health organizations are among our regular customers. The worldwide network of distributors are constantly in contact with
us and each distributor is known personally to us. 2011 is the year when we launched
Assut sutures and Assut knives on the Chinese market, where Swiss quality
finds high recognition.
The South American market has been serviced since 1992 by our wholly owned subsidiary Assut Medical Ltda, also certified ISO 9001/EN 13485 by the Luxemburg Notified Body SNCH Sàrl. Assut Medizinische Produkte GmbH in Germany, our wholly owned subsidiary acts as our EU representative and services
the German market.