Healthcare Industry News: endoscope
News Release - April 23, 2007
Xillix Agrees to Sell Portfolio of Fluorescence Endoscopy Patents to NovadaqRICHMOND, BC, April 23 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Xillix Technologies Corp. (TSX: XLX ), announced today that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to sell certain business assets, including its intellectual property, certain capital assets and inventory, to Novadaq Technologies Inc. Novadaq is a developer of real-time medical imaging systems and image guided therapies for the operating room, based in Toronto, Ontario. The common shares of Novadaq are listed and posted for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under trading symbol "NDQ".
The intellectual property which Xillix has agreed to sell to Novadaq includes Xillix's auto-fluorescence and multi-modal imaging portfolio of 31 issued patents and multiple pending applications in the United States, Japan and Europe. The sale also includes rights to innovative fluorescence imaging technologies.
In exchange for the assets which Xillix has agreed to sell to Novadaq, Novadaq has agreed to pay Xillix consideration in the amount of CDN $3,000,000 at closing, of which $1,075,000 will be paid in cash and CDN $1,925,000 will be paid in cash or, at Novadaq's election, common shares of Novadaq (based on the volume weighted average trading price of Novadaq's common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the five trading days preceding the execution of the asset purchase agreement). Closing of the transaction, currently scheduled to occur in early May 2007, is subject to a number of conditions, including (among others) the approval of the transaction by the Supreme Court of British Columbia pursuant to Xillix's CCAA proceedings and the approval of Novadaq's issuance of shares by the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Xillix Technologies Corp. is a Canadian medical device company. Xillix is currently under creditor protection pursuant to CCAA proceedings. Xillix's currently approved device, Onco-LIFE(TM), incorporates fluorescence and white-light endoscopy in a single device that has been developed for the detection and localization of lung and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. An international multicenter lung cancer clinical trial of Onco-LIFE demonstrated a 325% per-lesion improvement in the detection of early lung cancer (moderate-severe dysplasia and carcinoma in situ) and a 250% per-patient improvement compared to white-light alone. Onco-LIFE is approved for sale in the United States for the lung application and in Europe, Canada and Australia for both lung and GI applications. The Company also recently announced that it has developed a new product, LIFE Luminus(TM), designed to allow fluorescence imaging of the colon using conventional video endoscope technology.
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