Healthcare Industry News: neuromodulation
News Release - January 4, 2008
Boston Scientific Completes Sale of Auditory Business and Drug Pump Development ProgramCompany retains ownership of Pain Management business
NATICK, Mass., Jan. 4 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) today announced that it has completed the sale of the controlling interests in its auditory business and drug pump development program to former principals and shareholders of Advanced Bionics. Boston Scientific acquired Advanced Bionics in 2004. The sale coincides with the closing of the amended merger agreement with Advanced Bionics announced on August 9, 2007.
As part of a new schedule of consolidated, fixed earnout payments, Boston Scientific has paid former Advanced Bionics shareholders $650 million. A final payment of $500 million will be paid in March 2009. The former Advanced Bionics principals and shareholders have paid Boston Scientific $150 million for the controlling interests in the auditory business and drug pump development program.
Under the amended merger agreement, Boston Scientific obtains sole management control of the Pain Management business, including the emerging indications program. The Pain Management business includes spinal cord stimulation technologies, as well as emerging technologies such as a variety of applications of the bionŽ microstimulator. The Pain Management business and emerging indications program will operate as Boston Scientific neuromodulation under the leadership of Michael Onuscheck, currently head of the Pain Management business. The business will continue to be headquartered in Valencia, California.
As part of the transactions, the parties have agreed to dismiss currently pending litigation between Boston Scientific and former Advanced Bionics shareholders.
Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.
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Factors that may cause such differences include, among other things: future economic, competitive, reimbursement and regulatory conditions; new product introductions; demographic trends; intellectual property; litigation; financial market conditions; and, future business decisions made by us and our competitors. All of these factors are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of them are beyond our control. For a further list and description of these and other important risks and uncertainties that may affect our future operations, see Part I, Item 1A- Risk Factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which we may update in Part II, Item 1A - Risk Factors in Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q we have filed or will file thereafter. We disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward- looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions, or circumstances on which those expectations may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. This cautionary statement is applicable to all forward-looking statements contained in this document.
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