Alphatec Holdings Inc. has renewed a commitment to buy Eos Imaging SA, saying it will now pick up the company for $79.7 million, plus the retirement of $37.2 million in debt, in an all-cash deal. Both company’s boards have approved the execution of a tender offer agreement, through which Carlsbad, Calif.-based Alphatec will launch a cash tender offer for all the issued and outstanding shares and convertible notes of Eos imaging for a total purchase price of $116.9 million.
Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp. has entered a definitive agreement to acquire regenerative medicine-focused Acell Inc. for an up-front cash payment of $300 million and up to an additional $100 million upon the achievement of certain revenue growth milestones. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions. It also comes almost three months after London-based Smith+Nephew plc said it was going to pick up the extremity orthopedics business of Integra for $240 million in cash.
TORONTO – Waterloo, Ontario-based DarwinAI Corp. and Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat Inc.are developing a suite of deep neural networks for COVID-19 detection and risk stratification via chest radiography in cooperation with Boston Children’s Hospital. DarwinAI designed COVID-Net as “explainable” artificial intelligence (AI) that illuminates the inner workings of AI-driven medical technologies and promptly offered it on an open-source platform for the broader hospital community.
Roche Holding AG has revealed a partnership with Moderna Inc. involving the use of the Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S antibody test in the latter’s mRNA-1273 vaccine research trials. The news comes shortly after Roche received emergency use authorization from the U.S. FDA for the antibody test.
LONDON – Retinai Medicine AG reported a three-year master agreement with Novartis AG to apply its artificial intelligence (AI) tools in ophthalmology clinical trials. The first project will look at how machine learning can be used to speed up and improve the interpretation of optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
While med-tech deal values fall significantly short of last year, the 1,240 deals worth $4 billion recorded through November place 2020 above 2018 in terms of value and well above each of the last two years in terms of volume.
Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering licensed its Erapid electrochemical sensing platform to IQ Group Global to integrate with the Australian consortium’s transistor technology in a SARS-CoV-2 test. The combined solution could greatly simplify serological testing for the virus and help monitor immunity in individuals and populations over time.
Olympus Corp. has unveiled its plans to acquire Veran Medical Technologies Inc. for up to $340 million. The buy will go through Olympus Corp. of the Americas (OCA) and is part of the company’s corporate strategy revealed in November 2019. It marks the second M&A-related announcement in about a month.
Livanova plc has inked an agreement with Gyrus Capital SA to divest its heart valve business. The sale has an enterprise value of €60 million (US$73 million) and is expected to wrap up in the first half of next year. The Livanova board has already given its unanimous assent for the deal. Livanova now expects to strengthen its focus on its neuromodulation and cardiovascular platforms.
PERTH, Australia – Melbourne-based Telix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is acquiring Scintec Diagnostics GmbH subsidiary Therapharm GmbH in a deal worth AU$33 million (US$24.24 million) plus royalties.
Zug, Switzerland-based Therapharm has developed a portfolio of radiolabeled diagnostic and therapeutic products, and the deal brings Telix a new targeting asset in hematology, Telix CEO Chris Behrenbruch told analysts during a Dec. 1 conference call.