Healthcare Industry News: LeMaitre Vascular
News Release - November 1, 2012
Neovasc Inc. Finalizes US $4.6 Million Agreement Giving Lemaitre Vascular Rights to In-House Manufacture of Xenosure(R) Surgical PatchNeovasc is Supplying Product During Transition and will Redirect Freed-Up Manufacturing Capacity to Support Growing Sales to Transcatheter Heart Valve Customers
Proceeds from Sale of Rights Will Help Fund Neovasc's Key Development Projects
VANCOUVER, Nov. 1, 2012 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Neovasc Inc. (NVC.V) today announced that it has finalized its agreement with LeMaitre Vascular, Inc. (LMAT) allowing LeMaitre to exercise its option to purchase certain specific rights to Neovasc's biological vascular surgical patch product technology on an accelerated basis, at an agreed price of US $4.6 million. Under the terms of the amended agreement, Neovasc has received US $4.255 million from LeMaitre, with the balance payable in one year.
Under the terms of the agreement, LeMaitre's right of use of the Neovasc biological vascular surgical patch technology is limited to manufacturing and improving its XenoSure® surgical patch product line, which is currently manufactured by Neovasc and distributed by LeMaitre. Neovasc retains rights to all other applications of its biological tissue technologies. In addition, the companies entered into a new supply agreement under which Neovasc is continuing to supply the XenoSure product to LeMaitre while LeMaitre develops its own manufacturing capacity and obtains required regulatory approvals.
"We just completed successful TCT 2012 presentations of our Reducer refractory angina device and our Tiara transcatheter mitral valve program, and the $4.6 million in proceeds from this transaction will enable us to continue advancing these products without the need for additional financing for the foreseeable future," said Alexei Marko, CEO of Neovasc. "We anticipate that the capacity that is freed up as we wind down our production for LeMaitre will be absorbed by our increasing activities in such high growth areas as specialized tissue and manufacturing services to the transcatheter heart valve industry, and we look forward to continued revenue growth in 2013."
About LeMaitre Vascular, Inc.
LeMaitre Vascular is a provider of devices and implants for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, a condition that affects more than 20 million people worldwide. The Company develops, manufactures and markets disposable and implantable vascular devices to address the needs of its core customer, the vascular surgeon. The Company's diversified product portfolio consists of brand name devices used in arteries and veins outside of the heart, including the Over-the-Wire LeMaitre Valvulotome, the Pruitt F3 Carotid Shunt and The UnBalloon. Additional information can be found at www.lemaitre.com.
About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc Inc. is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include the Neovasc Reducer™ for the treatment of refractory angina, the Tiara™ technology in development for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease and a line of advanced biological tissue products that are used as key components in a variety of third-party medical products, such as vascular surgical patches and transcatheter heart valves. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.
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