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Medical Research Organization NAMSA Announces Acquisition of Reimbursement Strategies Consultancy

Medical Research Organization NAMSA Announces Acquisition of Reimbursement Strategies Consultancy

NAMSA, which describes itself as “the world’s only Medical Research Organization (MRO) that accelerates medical device development through integrated laboratory testing, clinical research and regulatory consulting services,” has announced the acquisition of Reimbursement Strategies, LLC.

According to Mass Device, “NAMSA is a medical device firm that “offers integrated laboratory testing, clinical research and regulatory consulting services.” According to NAMSA, Reimbursement Strategies is a consultancy “focused on reimbursement, health economics and market access for the international life science industry” which “places a significant concentration on providing clients efficacious and timely development outcomes through the organization’s expertise in reimbursement strategy, health economics, medical policy research and coverage advocacy.”

Christopher Rupp, VP of NAMSA’s global marketing and commercial operations stated that the acquisition of Reimbursement Strategies “will allow clients to proactively address the largest challenges of bringing novel devices to the global marketplace—securing appropriate coverage and payment for new and existing technologies.” Rupp continued to state that “We look forward to delivering device manufacturers faster, more cost-effective commercialization results through our comprehensive, full-service development solution.”

The former President of Reimbursement Strategies, LLC, Edward Black, stated, “We are very pleased to join the NAMSA Team as we work together to provide clients the most critical services required to navigate our industry’s complicated global reimbursement landscape.” Black, who is now NAMSA’s Director of Global Reimbursement Strategy, asserted that, “It is more important than ever for device manufacturers to assess reimbursement challenges early so they may fully integrate this planning into regulatory and clinical research pathways to achieve resource efficiencies and expedite market commercialization.”

According to Business Wire, “NAMSA’s MRO® Approach plays an important role in translational research, applying a unique combination of disciplines—consulting, regulatory, reimbursement, preclinical, toxicology, microbiology, chemistry, clinical and quality—to move clients’ products through the development process, and continue to provide support through commercialization to post-market requirements anywhere in the world.” Business Wire also reports that, “NAMSA operates 13 offices throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and employs nearly 1,000 highly-experienced laboratory, clinical and consulting Associates.”

Boston Scientific Buys Venous-Stent Maker VENITI

Boston Scientific recently announced an agreement to acquire privately-held VENITI, Inc. for $160 million. According to the press release, VENITI submitted a pre-market approval application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2018 for the VICI stent system for treating obstructive venous disease. The VICI stent system received CE Mark approval in 2013.

According to the press release, venous obstructive disease affects more than 1.1 million people in the United States and Western Europe annually. Jeff Mirviss, Senior Vice President and President of Peripheral Interventions at Boston Scientific, commented:

Along with our leading AngioJet thrombectomy platform and venous product pipeline, we look forward to meeting the needs of physicians treating both chronic and acute venous disease.

According to the Worcester Business Journal, Boston Scientific announced over $1.5 billion in acquisitions this year alone. Other notable Boston Scientific acquisitions in 2018 include Millipede ($540m), NxThera ($306m), nVision Medical Corporation ($275m), Claret Medical ($270m), and Cryterion Medical ($202m).

Boston Scientific expects the acquisition of VENITI to be immaterial to adjusted earnings per share (EPS) in 2018 and 2019, and accretive thereafter. Nonetheless, shares of Boston Scientific opened trading the day of the announcement up more than 3 percent.

J&J Accepts Platinum Equity’s $2.1B Offer for its LifeScan Subsidiary; Receives Offer for Advanced Sterilization Products Subsidiary

On June 12, 2018, Johnson & Johnson announced acceptance of an offer from Platinum Equity, a private investment firm, to acquire its diabetic monitoring unit, LifeScan, for approximately $2.1 billion. In response to the acquisition, Platinum Equity Chairman and CEO Tom Gores said

We are committed to putting our financial resources and global operating expertise to work in support of the company’s core mission to improve the quality of life for people living with diabetes.

LifeScan offers blood glucose monitoring products to patients for the care of diabetes under the OneTouch brand. According to the press release, LifeScan business earned approximately $1.5 billion in revenue in 2017. Platinum Equity previously reported that LifeScan President Valerie Asbury would continue leading the business.

In February 2018, Bloomberg reported that Johnson & Johnson was seeking to sell off its sterilization products division for as much as $2 billion. The selling price has increased as Johnson & Johnson announced on June 6, 2018, receipt of a binding offer from Fortive Corp. to acquire Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), a division of Ethicon Inc., for approximately $2.8 billion. If accepted, Johnson & Johnson indicated it expects the proposed transaction to close no later than early 2019.

ASP sells sterilization products under the STERRAD and CYCLESURE brands. ASP’s high level disinfection products are sold under the EVOTECH brand. Johnson & Johnson reported that ASP earned approximately $775 million in revenue in 2017.

 

Boston Scientific Announces Acquisition of EMcision

Boston Scientific Announces Acquisition of EMcision

On March 5, 2018, Boston Scientific announced its acquisition of EMcision, a privately held company in the United Kingdom and Canada. According to Boston Scientific, this acquisition will expand its range of medical devices in the field of minimally invasive endoluminal procedures as alternatives to conventional surgery. According to Art Butcher, Senior Vice President and President of the Endoscopy Division of Boston Scientific:

As we continue to search for ways to treat pancreaticobiliary cancers, we also seek to improve the quality of life for patients living with a cancer diagnosis today. We are committed to exploring innovative options to help increase the chance of earl diagnosis, improve treatment and advance the ability to remove cancers located in challenging areas of the gastrointestinal tract.

According to EMcision, EMcision was founded by an internationally renowned surgeon and medical device inventor, Professor Nagy Habib, and has developed proprietary medical devices utilizing RF technology for applications such as percutaneous procedures, and open, laparoscopic, vascular, and endoscopic surgeries. EMcision’s devices help patients with advanced cancers located in challenging areas of the gastrointestinal tract for whom surgery is not an option.

EMcision’s website states that EMcision’s flagship product, the Habib™ EndoHPB, is a novel endoscopic bipolar radiofrequency (RF) probe that was the world’s first endoscopic device for tumour ablation via ERCP. The Habib™ EndoHPB has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and received CE mark from the EU. EMcision devices are currently being sold in 38 countries around the world and used in most of the top cancer centers in the United States.

With regards to the acquisition, Cherif Habib, EMcision’s outgoing CEO, stated: “By partnering with Boston Scientific, we will continue delivering on our mission of improving the quality of life of cancer patients on much larger scale. Boston Scientific has the resources and the know-how to further improve our technology, expand clinical indications and make it available to may more patients.” According to Yahoo Finance, Boston Scientific’s Endoscopy division revenues rose 14.8% year over year to $436 million in the last reported quarter.

Microbot Medical to Acquire CardioSert’s Technology

Microbot Medical Inc. announced that it entered into an agreement with CardioSert Ltd. to acquire CardioSert’s patented guidewire technology, including R&D information, technical know-how, and intellectual property.

Microbot expects the acquisition to close in April 2018, at which time Microbot expects to have a patent portfolio of 25 issued/allowed patents and 15 pending patent applications worldwide, including CardioSert’s one issued patent (U.S. Pat. No. 9,586,029) and three pending patent applications. According to CardioSert, CardioSert’s technology offers capabilities such as steering and adjustable stiffness to guidewires used in interventional cardiology, radiology and vascular surgery. These features give physicians the ability to control the tip curvature, to adjust tip stiffness in a gradually continuous manner, and to produce impacts with the tip for negotiating calcified segments.

Microbot believes the technology has uses in other spaces, including peripheral intervention, neurosurgery, and urology. Microbot also believes the technology, when added to its existing robotic capabilities, will be consistent with its strategy to develop micro-robotic technologies for surgeries utilizing the natural and artificial lumens in the human body, expand and enhance its intellectual property portfolio, and allow it to enter adjacent medical spaces and applications.

Microbot reports that CardioSert will receive 100,000 restricted shares of Microbot’s common stock, cash payments totaling $300,000 (including $50,000 paid at signing), the potential for future milestone payments based on development progress and regulatory approvals, as well as royalties from futures sales related to the technology.

Teleflex Acquires UroLift® Maker NeoTract for $1.1 Billion

Teleflex Acquires UroLift® Maker NeoTract for $1.1 Billion

Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Teleflex Inc.  announced it will purchase privately-held NeoTract Inc. for approximately $1.1 billion. According to the press release, Teleflex will pay NeoTract $725 million when the deal closes and an additional $375 million upon NeoTract hitting certain sales goals through 2020. The companies said they expect the deal to close within the next 30 days.

According to its website, Teleflex is a global provider of medical technologies in surgical, anesthesia, cardiac care, urology, and respiratory care fields.  NeoTract describes itself as a company dedicated to developing minimally-invasive and clinically-effective devices that address unmet needs in the field of urology. NeoTract’s device, the UroLift® System, is said to treat benign prostrate hyperplasia (BPH) by using small implants to hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way of the urethra.

Teleflex’s CEO Benson Smith characterized NeoTract as “a truly unique company with a differentiated technology that targets a greater than $30 billion addressable market.” Smith also stated that a second-generation UroLift® System is expected to launch in the second half of 2018. NeoTract’s revenue is expected to be between $115 million to $120 million this year, compared to about $51 million in 2016, and is expected to increase at least 40 percent in 2018, the companies said in a joint statement.

Reuters notes that the deal is Teleflex’s 23rd since 2008 and follows its $1 billion acquisition of Vascular Solutions in December. Teleflex expects the NeoTract deal to slightly diluteTeleflex’s adjusted earnings this year, be neutral to profits next year, and be accretive starting in 2019.

Philips Acquires Spectranetics for $2.16 Billion

Philips Acquires Spectranetics for $2.16 Billion

According to a June 28, 2017 press release, Dutch healthcare company Philips has agreed to buy Colorado Springs-based Spectranetics Corporation, a cardiac device manufacturer, for approximately 1.9 billion euros ($2.16 billion), inclusive of Spectranetics’ cash and debt.  Philips states in the press release that the acquisition of Spectranetics will expand and strengthen Philips’ Image-Guided Therapy Business Group.  According to the press release, Spectranetics is growing at a double-digit percentage rate and expects sales this year of around $300 million.

According to Spectranetics‘ website, its products include laser atherectomy catheters for treatment of arterial blockages with laser energy.  In addition, Spectranetics produces drug-covered balloons to treat blockages.  Philips stated that the drug-covered balloons are a key growth driver in Spectranetics’ portfolio.  According to Philips, Stellarex drug-coated balloon is CE-marked and under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for premarket approval.

According to the press release, Philips is offering Spectranetics shareholders $38.50 in cash per share, which is a 27 percent premium to the closing price of the Spectranetics shares on June 27.  According to Bloomberg, Philips also will buy back as much as 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) of its own stock starting in the third quarter, and the share buyback program will run for two years.

Philips Buys RespirTech for Undisclosed Amount

Philips Buys RespirTech for Undisclosed Amount

Dutch conglomerate Philips recently announced that it will purchase Respiratory Technologies Inc. (RespirTech). According to its website, RespirTech describes itself as a St. Paul, Minnesota-based provider of inCourage vests, which help fight respiratory disease. According to a news release, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RespirTech’s website states that the inCourage vest uses high-frequency chest compression to help loosen and move mucus through the lungs. According to RespirTech’s website, the inCourage technology was developed by Pediatric Pulmonologist Warren Warwick, M.D., and Leland Hansen, MPH, in the early 1990’s to provide more effective secretion clearance for University of Minnesota cystic fibrosis patients.

According to Philips’ website, the conglomerate has primary divisions in the areas of healthcare, lighting, and home electronics. Philips’ 2016 annual report states that sales in its HealthTech portfolio increased 4% and topped $19 billion. In contrast, news sources state that RespirTech was founded in 2004 and reportedly had nearly $37 million in revenue in 2015.

Regarding the acquisition, John Frank, Philips’ business leader for sleep and respiratory care, said in a news release:

With this transaction, we will broaden our portfolio with a proven therapy to enable patients with chronic respiratory disorders manage their condition and receive the care they need in the home.

According to Philips’ CEO, Franz van Houten, Philips has transformed itself over the last five years into a differentiated global health tech leader. Mr. van Houten stated that the markets Philips’ serve have attractive growth and attractive profitability. According to news sources, GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthineers, and Toshiba Medical Systems are other conglomerate divisions competing with Philips in the healthcare space.

As one analyst notes, the Twin Cities have produced a number of competing companies that make vests for treating lung conditions, including New Prauge-based ElectroMed Inc., and St. Paul-based Hill-Rom.

MedPlast Completes Acquisition of Vention Medical

MedPlast, Inc. recently announced that it has completed its acquisition of Vention Medical‘s device manufacturing services arm.  The press release states that the acquisition “broadens MedPlast’s manufacturing capabilities and bolsters its position as a leading services provider to the worlds’ largest original equipment manufacturers.”

According to its website, Tempe, Arizona-based MedPlast is a global provider of plastic processing and manufacturing for medical devices.  The company services thermoplastic and elastomeric materials and plastic processing.  Vention Medical describes itself as a medical device design, engineering, and manufacturing company.  The company specializes in molded components and finished device assembly and packaging of interventional and minimally invasive surgical products.

Harold Faig, CEO of MedPlast sees significant potential in the acquisition.  He explains that:

This acquisition is a first and important step in our strategic plan to expand our offering to customers [and o]ur goal is to build on our core manufacturing and engineering capabilities to provide our customers with a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end product solutions.

The president of Vention Medical’s device manufacturing service arm, Bill Flaherty, shares Mr. Faig’s enthusiasm

We are excited to come together with MedPlast.  We serve many of the same customers who will benefit from our combined offerings and shared commitment to providing the highest quality standards and facilities in the industry.

The acquisition was initially announced in late February, 2017.  According to the press release, the acquisition:

[W]ill extend MedPlast’s global footprint to 22 manufacturing facilities located in key markets through North and Central America, Asia and Europe.  Once complete, the acquisition will more than double MedPlast’s size.

MedPlast’s current acquisition may foreshadow the strategic direction of the company.  Kevin Swan, a partner at Water Street Healthcare Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm backing MedPlast recently stated that “[t]his is the first of what we expect will be more strategic acquisitions to build MedPlast into a market leader.”  Indeed, before the acquisition, MedPlast was ranked by Plastic News as the 27th largest injection molder in North America, by revenue,  in a $40 billion market for medical device services.  At the time, the company had an estimated $275 million in annual sales and 800 employees at 7 manufacturing locations.  The company now operates 11 manufacturing facilities.

 

ICU Medical Buys Hospira Infusion Systems From Pfizer

ICU Medical and Pfizer have reached an agreement to transfer ownership of Hospira Infusion Systems to ICU Medical, according to a joint press release on October 6.

         

According to the press release, in exchange for the Hospira division, which Pfizer acquired in September 2015, Pfizer will receive $600 million in cash and $400 million in ICU Medical stock. After the acquisition, Pfizer will own approximately 16.6% of ICU. Furthermore, Pfizer will have the right to nominate one director to ICU’s board as long as it holds 10% or more of ICU’s stock.

According to the Hospira Infusion Systems website, its products include IV pumps, solutions, and devices. Vivek Jain, ICU Medical’s CEO, explained that:

“By acquiring the Hospira Infusion Systems business, currently our largest single customer, we create a pure-play infusion business with the focus and scale to compete globally, eliminate our single customer concentration issue, and have a significant value creation opportunity as a much larger company.”

Jain further noted that Hospira has been using ICU’s licensed technology for more than 20 years.

Reuters reported that ICU Medical’s shares jumped 14 percent after the news.

Johnson & Johnson to Acquire Abbott Medical Optics

Johnson & Johnson recently announced an agreement to acquire Abbott Medical Optics for $4.325 billion.  Abbot Medical Optics, a subsidiary of Abbot Laboratories, reported $1.1 billion in sales in 2015.  According to the press release, the acquisition will cover products in areas including cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery, and consumer eye health.  Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. currently produces ACUVUE® brand contact lenses.

Ashley McEvoy, Company Group Chairman responsible for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care stated:

With the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics’ strong and differentiated surgical ophthalmic portfolio, coupled with our world-leading ACUVUE® contact lens business, we will become a more broad-based leader in vision care.  Importantly, with this acquisition we will enter cataract surgery – one of the most commonly performed surgeries and the number one cause of preventable blindness.

This acquisition comes shortly after Abbot Laboratories announced the acquisition of St. Jude Medical, Inc., diversifying Abbot Laboratories’ cardiovascular portfolio.  Commenting on the sale of Abbot Medical Optics, Miles D. White, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abbot Laboratories, said:

We’ve been actively and strategically shaping our portfolio, which has recently focused on developing leadership positions in cardiovascular devices and expanding diagnostics.

The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

Stryker’s String of Acquisitions Continues with Ivy Sports Medicine

Stryker’s String of Acquisitions Continues with Ivy Sports Medicine

PRNewswire reports that Stryker‘s Endoscopy division has acquired Ivy Sports Medicine for an undisclosed amount.

According to the press release, Ivy Sports Medicine’s portfolio includes: the only FDA-approved collagen meniscus implant on the market; an all-inside repair device; and an inside-out meniscal suturing platform.

Ivy Sports Medicine describes its Collagen Mensicus Implant (CMI) as a completely absorbable implant made from a porous structure that serves as a guide for the body’s own cells in order to make use of the body’s own healing ability.

Regarding the acquisition, Matt Moreau, Vice President and General Manager of Stryker’s Sports Medicine business, said:

The acquisition of Ivy Sports Medicine strengthens our capabilities and fits strategically with our current portfolio. Ivy’s complete meniscal platform, coupled with their clinical history, will allow us to provide our customers with multiple solutions to address meniscal repair. This is an area of sports medicine where there is continued opportunity to address unmet customer needs. The Ivy portfolio provides a unique platform for us to build upon as we seek to continue advancing the treatment of meniscal injuries.

Ivy Sports Medicine is only one of Stryker’s several acquisitions during 2016.  Some of Stryker’s others notable acquisitions include Sage Products, Physio-Control, Synergetics, SafeWire, and Stanmore Implants.

 

Zimmer Biomet Buys LDR Holding for $1 Billion

Warsaw, Indiana-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc.  recently announced it will purchase LDR Holding Corp. for approximately $1.0 billion.  PR Newswire notes that Zimmer Biomet will commence a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of LDR at a price of $37 per share, a 64% premium over LDR’s trading price prior to the announcement (however, as Bloomberg notes, LDR’s shares lost 49% in the last 12 months).  The companies expect to complete the transaction in the third quarter of 2016.

According to it’s website, Zimmer Biomet designs, manufactures, and markets orthopedic reconstructive products for musculoskeletal healthcare, including  knee, hip, surgical, spine, and dental franchises.  LDR describes itself as a global medical device company focused on the development of innovative technology for spinal procedures.

Zimmer Biomet’s 2015 annual report notes that the spine segment is one of the company’s smallest franchises, accounting for only about 7% of total sales.  Analysts predict Zimmer Biomet’s acquisition of LDR will increase the company’s share of the global spine market from about 5 to 7%, moving Zimmer Biomet from No. 6 to No. 5 in that sector.  Regarding the acquisition, David Dvorak, Zimmer Biomet President and CEO, said:

This highly strategic and complementary transaction will enhance Zimmer Biomet’s innovation leadership in musculoskeletal healthcare by adding a premier spine platform to our portfolio of solutions.

We are confident that the combination of Zimmer Biomet’s Spine division and LDR will create a Spine company with the scale, talent and technology portfolio to become a leader in the $10 billion global Spine market.

The LDR acquisition comes merely one year after Zimmer completed its combination with Biomet in a cash and equity transaction valued at over $14 billion.  At least some analysts believe that Zimmer Biomet’s purchase of LDR signals that the recently-combined company has wrapped up the integration and moved on to growing the company via M&A using its sizeable cash reserves.

HeartWare International To Acquire Valtech Cardio

HeartWare International recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Valtech Cardio, Ltd.  Yehuda, Israe-based Valtech Cardio currently provides a transcatheter mitral valve repair product for the treatment of mitral regurgitation, the Cardioband, and is also working on a transcatheter mitral valve replacement product, the Cardiovalve.  Traditional treatment options for mitral regurgitation require open heart surgery–however, many patients suffering from mitral regurgitation are too weak to undergo that surgery.   As reported, the deal could approach a total value of nearly one billion dollars, but the final number depends heavily on the Valtech Cardio products reaching future milestones such as acquiring CE Mark approval and hitting net sales totals.

Valtech Cardio is the third company developing a transcatheter mitral valve to be acquired in the last two months, following the acquisitions of CardiAQ by Edwards Life Sciences, and of Twelve, Inc. by Medtronic.  HeartWare International is a publicly traded medical device company focused on implantable cardiovascular devices.  HeartWare International’s corporate headquarters are located in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Edwards Completes Acquisition of CardiAQ

According to PRNewswire, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation recently completed its acquisition of CardiAQ Valve Technologies, Inc, a developer of transcatheter mitral valve replacement systems, which follows from Edwards’ acquisition agreement announced last month.  The article reports that Edwards paid $350 million cash for CardiAQ at closing, with an additional $50 million to be paid upon reaching a European regulatory milestone.

Michael Mussallem, Edwards’ Chairman and CEO, stated:

We look forward to the CardiAQ team joining Edwards.  We believe the combined knowledge and efforts of the talented CardiAQ and [Edwards’ own] FORTIS transcatheter mitral valve system teams will help us advance a therapy that offers a meaningful solution for patients.

Marketwatch reports that none of CardiAQ’s valve systems are presently approved for sale in any country.  However, according to PRNewswire CardiAQ has received U.S. FDA Investigation Device Exemption approval to conduct an early feasibility study of up to 20 patients, and also plans to initiate a CE Mark study in Europe.

Lombard Medical Acquires Altura Medical

Lombard Medical, Inc. recently announced that it has acquired Altura Medical.  Lombard is an Irvine, California-based medical device company that makes devices for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), including the AorfixTM Endovascular Stent Graft.  Altura Medical is a privately-held, venture-backed company, which is based in Silicon Valley.  Altura has developed an ultra-low profile endovascular stent graft technology for the treatment of AAA, which received a CE Mark this year.

Depending on milestones, the acquisition could be worth $50 million.  According to the terms of the transaction, Lombard will pay $23 million now in the form of: the issuance of $15 million of Lombard common stock at $4 per share; the assumption of $5.5 million in bank debt; and $2.5 million in liabilities and transaction-related costs.  Additional payments of up to $27.5 million may be paid over the next five years based on achievement of commercial and regulatory milestones.

Lombard plans to launch Altura’s endograft system in Europe in January 2016, to be followed by a larger international launch later in the year.  Simon Hubbert, Lombard’s CEO, stated:

The combination of Altura’s technology with our flagship AorfixTM platform creates a truly patient driven platform that we believe will allow us to capture share from our competitors. The Altura device offers a simple, safe and efficient treatment option for standard AAA anatomy, while Aorfix offers the only on-label solution for patients with Aortic neck angulation up to 90 degrees.

Medtronic Acquires Aptus Endosystems for $110 Million

Medtronic PLC recently announced its acquisition of Aptus Endosystems, further adding to its portfolio of medical device products. The acquisition was reported to be valued at approximately $110 million.

According to its website, Aptus Endosystems produces advanced technology for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR).  Its products are said to secure artificial patches inside weakened aortic arteries, helping to improve a condition known as abdominal aortic aneurysm. These systems are said to be designed for patients whose anatomies may not be ideal for traditional surgical treatment for aneurysms.

Aptus’s website states that its Heli-FX and Heli-FX Thoracic EndoAnchor systems minimize the need for complicated procedures by attaching a variety of aortic endografts to the native vessel wall. The website states that these systems are used to anchor the liner and prevent leakage, and are especially helpful for patients with existing problems with an endograft seal or who are considered high risk candidates for a revision procedure if the initial seal fails.

According to the Aptus website, both systems are approved for distribution in the European Union and are cleared by the FDA for distribution in the U.S.  They are said to be compatible with both Medtronic’s Endurant and Valiant graft systems, as well as other commercially available stent grafts.

According to news sources, Medtronic has also acquired several other companies this year including CardioInsight (for $93 million); Dutch diabetes clinic Diabeter; Sophono; and Advanced Uro-Solutions.

Cardinal Health to Acquire The Harvard Drug Group for $1.1 Billion

Ohio-based Cardinal Health (CAH)  has agreed to buy Michigan-headquartered The Harvard Drug Group (THDG) for $1.12 billion. According to press releases, THDG, which is currently owned by Court Square Capital Partners, is a distributor of generic pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications to retail and institutional customers. The deal is expected to close in the beginning of fiscal year 2016 and will be paid for using existing cash and new debt.

Cardinal Health predicts the acquisition will enhance Cardinal’s generic pharmaceutical distribution and enable specialized packaging offerings to meet the needs of hospital systems and other institutions. Cardinal Health chairman and chief executive officer George Barrett said:

” The Harvard Drug Group aligns perfectly with our commitment to provide the most comprehensive line of pharmaceutical products for the broadest range of customers… This acquisition enhances our ability to support retail and institutional customers and further utilizes Red Oak, our joint venture with CVS Health to source generics…”

According to the press release, the deal includes THDG’s 450 employees and two distribution facilities.  THDG had revenues of approximately $450 million in 2014. Cardinal Health projects the acquisition will add 15 cents to Cardinal’s earnings per share in fiscal year 2016.

The deal is not the first announced by Cardinal Health this year. In March, Cardinal announced it would acquire Johnson & Johnson‘s Cordis business  for $1.94 billion cash.

 

Heraeus Medical Components to Acquire NeoMetrics

Heraeus Medical Components to Acquire NeoMetrics

In a press release issued March 18, 2015, Heraeus Medical Components, a global business unit of Heraeus Holding GmbH, announced that it will acquire NeoMetrics, Inc.  According to the press release, Heraeus Medical Components has executed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the stock in the privately owned NeoMetrics.  The transaction is expected to occur within the next 60 days.  Further details of the deal were not disclosed.

Regarding the acquisition, Dr. Nicolas Guggenheim, President of Heraeus Medical Components, said:

 With this acquisition, Heraeus Medical Components will add new interventional technologies to augment their leadership position as a sourcing solution for the world’s medical device companies. We are excited about the potential growth opportunities within the interventional field.

According to its website, Heraeus Medical Components “provides expert, comprehensive medical component manufacturing services, meeting a broad range of functional demands” and provides a range of medical device products.

NeoMetrics’ website indicates that it is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, was founded in 2001, and operates exclusively as an OEM partner of medical device companies.  Its website touts expertise in a wide variety of medical device guidewires.  The USPTO Assignment Database lists two patents, among several applications, assigned to Neometrics:

  • U.S. Patent No. 8,801,633, entitled “High-Modulus Superelastic Alloy Wire for Medical and Dental Purposes”
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,308,658, entitled “Medical Guidewire”

Figure 1 from the ‘658 patent is reproduced above.

Smith & Nephew and ArthroCare $1.7 Billion Merger Moving Forward

On March 14, 2014, according to a press release, Smith & Nephew plc announced the early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, for the proposed merger of ArthroCare Corp. with Smith & Nephew plc. According to the press release and as reported in the Austin Business Journal, the early termination of the waiting period satisfies one of the conditions for closing of the proposed acquisition of ArthroCare by Smith & Nephew.

The Austin Business Journal states that Austin, Texas-based ArthroCare, is “Austin’s largest medical device business and reported $377.9 million in revenue for 2013. The company employs 270 workers in Austin and a total workforce of 1,800, according to the 2014 Austin Business Journal Book of Lists.”

According to ArthroCare’s website:

ArthroCare is a highly innovative, multi-business medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products based on our internationally patented Coblation technology. This platform technology precisely dissolves target tissue and minimizes damage to surrounding, healthy tissue…. Our devices have been used in millions of cases worldwide across several medical specialties including arthroscopy; spine and neurology; ear, nose and throat; cosmetic; urology; gynecology; and laparoscopy/general surgery.

According to the Austin Business Journal, this “termination paves the way for Austin-based ArthroCare to complete the deal that was announced on Feb. 3 after ArthroCare reached an agreement to be acquired by Smith & Nephew for $1.7 billion, at a price of $48.25 per share.” The press release states that “[t]he transaction remains subject to certain other closing conditions, including approval by ArthroCare stockholders and UK and German regulatory approvals.” In response to the agreement, as reported by the Austin Business Journal on February 11, 2014, an ArthroCare investor has filed a lawsuit in effort to halt the proposed acquisition by Smith & Nephew alleging that “the price agreed upon by ArthroCare’s board of directors was too low and undervalues the company.”