One of the largest med-tech deals of 2023 was wiped off the charts when Medtronic plc terminated a $738 million agreement to acquire South Korean wearable insulin patch maker Eoflow Co. Ltd., citing “multiple breaches” under its agreements, on Dec. 6.
Nevro. Corp. closed the acquisition of privately held Vyrsa Technologies Inc., adding the company’s V1 implant for sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion to its product line for chronic pain. Nevro paid $40 million at closing and agreed to up to $35 million in additional payments contingent on the achievement of certain development and sales milestones.
Broncus Holding Corp. subsidiary Broncus Hangzhou is acquiring Chinese medical device company Hangzhou Jingliang in the form of an equity transfer agreement for ¥5.4 million (US$758,000). The move will strengthen Broncus’ R&D capabilities in the flexible robotic space and will allow the company to offer pulmonology diagnostics and therapeutic solutions covering the complete product life cycle.
Johnson & Johnson completed the previously unheralded acquisition of privately held Laminar Inc. for $400 million upfront, with undisclosed contingent payments depending on achievement of clinical and regulatory milestones starting in 2024. The deal provides the med-tech giant a potentially game-changing entree into the lucrative left atrial appendage (LAA) market.
Smith+Nephew plc struck a deal to acquire Cartiheal Ltd. for $180 million at closing and $150 million in contingent payments, seven months after Bioventus Inc. backed out of its agreement to buy the developer of the Agili-C cartilage regeneration platform for $450 million.
Acutus Medical Inc. revealed plans after the Nasdaq closing bell on Nov. 8 to abandon the electrophysiology business as part of a massive restructuring that will leave the company entirely committed to manufacturing and distribution of Medtronic plc’s left-heart access products. The shift will put 65% of Acutus employees out of work and leaves the future of its cardiac ablation and mapping products up in the air.
The acquisition of Icad Inc.’s brachytherapy business by Elekta AB takes the company a step closer to achieving its goal of providing hope to the millions of people dealing with cancer, John Lapré, president of Elekta’s Brachy and Neuro Solutions unit, told BioWorld. Elekta paid approximately $5.5 million for Icad’s subsidiary Xoft. In addition, most of Xoft’s staff and its main facility in San José, Calif., was transferred to the company.
Med-tech saw some good news in October, with total financings value reaching $1.22 billion, an increase of 89.23% from the $645.75 million in September. However, the increase didn’t make up for the broader year-over-year decline in med-tech investments.
There’s nothing scary for Ametek Inc. shareholders in the $1.9 billion acquisition of Paragon Medical Inc. announced on Oct. 31, 2023. The deal moves the industrial technology company solidly into the med-tech space as it picks up Paragon’s portfolio of products in orthopedics, minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery and drug delivery, and adds an estimated $500 million per year in revenue and “very strong EPS accretion,” Ametek CEO David Zapico said in an investor call on Oct. 31.