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Pfizer Australia Announces Deal to Acquire ResApp Health
ResApp Health recently announced its planned sale to Pfizer Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc. Pfizer agrees it would acquire 100% of the shares for AUD $0.115 / share, for a total equity value of approximately AUD $100 million. ResApp directors announced a unanimous recommendation to sell, and their intent to vote their own shares accordingly. A shareholder vote is scheduled for June.
ResApp Health develops point of care diagnostics for telehealth that integrate with existing platforms. Their algorithms can diagnose disease from sounds. For example, one platform reportedly diagnoses respiratory problems based on the sound of a patient’s cough or breathing, and no physical contact is required.
The companies will also enter a Research & Development License Agreement to collaborate on products in the field of COVID-19.
In a statement, Pfizer Australia’s Lidia Fonseca stated that “this proposed acquisition and research collaboration add to our growing digital capabilities and bolster our efforts to pave a new era for digital health.” ResApp CEO Tony Keating expressed excitement, stating “the material premium and certainty of an all cash consideration is an attractive outcome for our shareholders.”
This acquisition would be the second for Pfizer this year. Earlier, it acquired ReViral, the developer of therapeutics for respiratory viruses, for $525 million.
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.