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Abbott to Acquire St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion

A burst of potential acquisitions and consolidations occurred on April 28th in the medical device world, the largest being Abbott Laboratories‘ deal to acquire St. Jude Medical Inc.  The deal is for $25 billion dollars and would bring together two of the leaders in cardiac-related medical devices.  It allows Abbott to boost its medical-device sector to compete with competitors Medtronic PLC and Boston Scientific Corp.

In particular, according to press releases, St. Jude has a strong portfolio in heart failure devices, atrial fibrillation, and cardiac rhythm management which will complement Abbott’s portfolio of cardiac intervention devices and transcatheter mitral repair.  Certain medical devices produced by both companies can be used to alleviate the burden of cardiovascular disease, where more than 40% of adults are expected to experience some sort of cardiovascular disease by 2030.

According to Abbott’s Chairman and CEO, Miles D. White,

“The combined business will have a powerful pipeline ready to deliver next-generation medical technologies and offer improved efficiencies for health care systems around the world.”

However, investors do not appears nearly as confident as Abbott’s stock fell by nearly 6 percent after the acquisition.

Abbott further has a pending deal to acquire the diagnostics company Alere Inc. for $5.8 billion.  Other deals included Sanofi SA’s offer to purchase Medivation Inc. and AbbVie Inc.‘s offer to purchase Stemcentrx Inc.  These consolidations appear to be attempts to improve negotiating power of the companies with hospitals.

Zyga Receives 510(k) Clearance

Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company dedicated to the research, development, and commercialization of surgical solutions to treat conditions of the lumbar spine, recently announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its SImmetry® Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System using either a two-incision or a single-incision technique. The SImmetry System uses a minimally invasive surgery procedure and is designed to stabilize the sacroiliac joint.

David Greenwald, M.D. of the Flagler Brain and Spine Institute in St. Augustine, stated:

In the operating room, surgeons need as many options as possible to effectively treat each individual. . . .  This new SImmetry technique allows me to offer patients a single, one-inch incision and to adapt the surgery to their individual anatomy and condition.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists low back pain as the second most common cause of disability of adults in the U.S.  Accordingly, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services assigned a Category 1 CPT code to minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion, improving patient access to the procedure.

St. Jude Medical Acquires Spinal Modulation, Inc.

St. Jude Medical Acquires Spinal Modulation, Inc.

St. Jude Medical recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Spinal Modulation, Inc.  In June of 2013, St. Jude invested $40 million in Spinal Modulation for which it received an exclusive option (now exercised) to purchase the company for a maximum of $300 million, plus milestone payments.  According to St. Jude Medical’s earlier press release, St. Jude Medical agreed to pay Spinal Modulation $175 million upon closing with milestone payments due upon FDA approval of Spinal Modulation’s Axium Neurostimulator System.

St. Jude Medical describes the Axium system (shown to the right) as a form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) that targets a neural structure within the spine called the dorsal root ganglion (DRG). The DRG contains the primary sensory neurons that transmit pain signals from the peripheral nerves to the brain. The system uses an implantable medical device to deliver mild electrical pulses to the DRG. These pulses mask or interrupt pain signals as they travel to the brain.

According to St. Jude,

[w]ith the closing of the acquisition, St. Jude Medical has become the only medical device manufacturer in the world to offer radiofrequency ablation (RFA), spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation therapy solutions for the treatment of chronic pain.

According to its website, St. Jude Medical is a global medical device company, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, offering a wide array of products in diverse fields.

Spinal Modulation, Inc., headquartered in Menlo Park, California, focuses on providing treatment options for patients suffering severe chronic pain.

I.C. Medical, Inc. Sues ConMed Corporation

I.C. Medical, Inc. Sues ConMed Corporation

On January 6, 2014, I.C. Medical, Inc. filed a lawsuit against ConMed Corporation in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.  The complaint alleges that ConMed’s GoldVac® electrosurgical pencils infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 7,935,109 (“the ‘109 Patent”) and 8,414,576 (“the ‘576 Patent).

The ‘109 Patent is entitled “Multifunctional Telescopic Monopolar/Bipolar Surgical Device and Method Thereof” and was issued on May 3, 2011.  The Abstract states that “a multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar electrosurgery pencil is disclosed for use with an electrosurgery unit (ESU). . . . The monopolar/bipolar electrosurgery pencil is capable of functioning as both a monopolar and bipolar device and can be used for open and closed laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures.”  Figure 3c of the ‘109 Patent is reproduced below:

The ‘576 Patent is entitled “Swivel Device for Electrosurgery Pencil and Surgical Smoke Evacuation” and was issued on April 9, 2013.  The Abstract explains that “a swivel device for connection to an ESU pencil, an exhaust port of an ESU pencil with an integrated smoke evacuation system, or an exhaust port of an ESU pencil smoke evacuation shroud attachment includes a fixed member attached to a rotating member.  The rotating member allows an electrical cord and/or vacuum tube to twist and coil freely during operation of an ESU pencil with or without the smoke evacuation system.”  Figure 3 of the ‘576 Patent is reproduced below:

I.C. Medical’s’s website states that I.C. Medical is a privately owned company based in Phoenix, Arizona that focuses on surgical smoke collection.  According to ConMed’s website, ConMed offers products in areas such as patient monitoring, endomechanical instrumentation, advanced energy, gastroenterology and pulmonology, advanced visualization, and orthopaedics.