St. Jude Sells Venture Guidewire-Directing Catheter To Vascular Solutions

In short

Vascular Solutions, Inc. has announced that it has acquired the Venture wire control catheter, a deflectable-tip catheter used to provide guidewire directional control in challenging coronary and peripheral interventional procedures, from St. Jude Medical, Inc.

The Venture catheter’s deflectable atraumatic distal tip can be angled up to 90 degrees, providing physicians with control and precision while navigating complex turns in the vessel and lending back-up support when crossing tight lesions.

Background

St.Jude Medical picked up the Venture catheter product with its 2005 acquisition of Velocimed. The product is currently sold in U.S. and international markets in three versions – over-the-wire, rapid-exchange and coronary sinus – all of which are 6 French-compatible and directionally control a standard 0.014-inch guidewire during difficult interventions.

Vascular Solutions, Inc. focuses on developing unique clinical solutions for coronary and peripheral vascular procedures. The company’s product line consists of over 60 products in three categories: catheter products, haemostat products and vein products. The company delivers its products to interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, electrophysiologists, and vein specialists through its direct U.S. sales force and international independent distributor network.

Vascular Solutions has acquired all of the remaining finished goods inventory of the Venture catheter for immediate transition of existing sales, and has acquired the manufacturing equipment to begin the process of restarting and qualifying production in its own manufacturing facility. Vascular Solutions expects to complete the manufacturing qualification during the second quarter of 2013, at which time it plans to re-launch the device on a worldwide basis.

The total purchase price is $3 million, consisting of an up-front payment of $2.25 million and an additional payment of $750,000 upon successful qualification of the transitioned manufacturing processes.

Company comments

“We are pleased that we were able to work successfully with St. Jude Medical to keep this important clinical tool on the market and available to the physicians who use the Venture catheter infrequently, but in some of their most challenging procedures,” said Howard Root, Chief Executive Officer of Vascular Solutions. “While the Venture catheter is an established product, the remaining finished goods inventory being transferred to us is extremely limited, which will only allow very limited sales until we have established manufacturing in-house and can perform a complete commercial re-launch in 2013.”

“This acquisition of the Venture catheter is consistent with our strategy of pursuing tuck-in acquisitions that leverage our existing distribution network and established call points, and it fits very well with our continuing commitment to offering clinical solutions in complex interventions, such as we have done with our internally-developed GuideLiner® and SuperCross™ catheters,” Mr. Root added.

Source: Vascular Solutions, Inc., Globe Newswire