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.