On January 27, 2014, according to a press release, LifeCell Corporation acquired adipose Tissue Injector (aTI) technology for improved fat grafting procedures from the TauTona Group, a medical device incubator based in Menlo Park, California. The press release notes that LifeCell is a sister company of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI)
The press release also states that aTI is a single-use tool utilized in fat grafting procedures. aTI allows for the controlled delivery of fat, by allowing management of the pressure and flow rates during injection. According to the press release, the controlled rate can minimize damage of the injected fat and reduce the complexity of performing injections.
Furthermore, the press release notes that LifeCell’s fat grafting device, REVOLVE™ Fat Processing System, can “facilitate more efficient processing, filtering, and transferring of a patient’s own fat tissue. It enables high-volume fat processing (up to 800ml lipoaspirate) in less than 15 minutes, offering the potential to reduce operating room procedure time.” According to the press release, the Senior Vice President of LifeCell, Philip Croxford, states that LifeCell believes “the [aTI], in addition to LifeCell’s existing REVOLVE™ Fat Processing System, will offer clinicians valuable solutions from fat grafting processing through reinjection.”
President and CEO of KCI, Joe Woody, describes the effects of the purchase saying:
“With this acquisition, we will leverage the LifeCell sales channel in the reconstructive and plastic surgery fields to commercialize this exciting new technology, . . . We continue to be focused on innovation and acquisitions of technologies and platforms that both complement and further diversify our combined product portfolio.”