Boston Scientific Targets Endoscopic Ultrasound Leadership with Xlumena Buy

Boston Scientific Corporation says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Xlumena, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company that develops, manufactures and sells minimally invasive devices for Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) guided transluminal drainage of targeted areas within the gastrointestinal tract.

Background

In a deal expected to close this week, Boston Scientific will make an upfront payment of $62.5 million, an additional payment of $12.5 million upon FDA clearance of the HOT AXIOS product, and further sales-based milestones based on sales achieved through 2018.

The Xlumena portfolio includes the AXIOS™ and HOT AXIOS™ Stent and Delivery Systems. The AXIOS Stent and Delivery System has received U.S. FDA clearance and is the world’s first stent designed for endoscopic ultrasound-guided transluminal drainage of symptomatic pancreatic pseudocysts. The next-generation HOT AXIOS™ Stent and Delivery System incorporates cautery into the delivery of the AXIOS stent. Both systems have CE Mark for facilitating transgastric or transduodenal endoscopic drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts or the biliary tract. These products are currently sold in select countries in Europe.

The AXIOS™ technology platform broadens the Boston Scientific portfolio of minimally-invasive approaches to treat pancreatic pseudocysts which may be caused by pancreatitis (acute or chronic inflammation of the pancreas), pancreatic ductal obstruction or trauma. The company says this acquisition underlines its commitment to lead the EUS segment by coupling the Expect family of Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) needles with the leader in therapeutic EUS.

Company comments

for Boston Scientific

“We believe the acquisition of Xlumena and their minimally-invasive products combined with the Boston Scientific broad product portfolio demonstrates our commitment to advancing the field of interventional EUS therapeutics,” said David Pierce, senior vice president and president, Endoscopy, Boston Scientific. “Our combined technologies enable physicians to diagnose and treat diseases of the pancreatico-biliary system using less invasive procedures. We are very pleased to be able to accelerate the global reach of the AXIOS ™ stent and to be at the forefront of this fast growing segment.”

for Xlumena

“We are proud to see our technology evolve in conjunction with Boston Scientific’s portfolio and provide patients a holistic and minimally invasive solution,” said Greg Patterson, president and chief executive officer of Xlumena.

Source: PR Newswire

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