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News Release - June 15, 2022
Boston Scientific Announces Agreement to Purchase Majority Stake of M.I.Tech Co., Ltd from Synergy Innovation Co., LtdMARLBOROUGH, Mass., June 15, 2022 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Synergy Innovation Co., Ltd, to purchase its majority stake (approximately 64 percent) of M.I.Tech Co., Ltd, ("M.I.Tech") a publicly traded Korean manufacturer and distributor of medical devices for endoscopic and urologic procedures. M.I.Tech is the creator of the HANAROSTENT™ technology, a family of conformable, non-vascular, self-expanding metal stents, which have been distributed by Boston Scientific in Japan since 2015. The agreement consists of a purchase price of KRW 14,500 per share, which represents a total of KRW 291.2 billion or approximately $230 million at current exchange rates, subject to closing adjustments.
Non-vascular gastrointestinal and airway stents are used to help clear occlusions or strictures in various areas of a patient's anatomy, including the biliary tree, pancreatic duct, esophagus, colon and duodenum. In many cases, stent placement is minimally invasive and may aid faster patient recovery compared to surgery.1,2 The HANAROSTENT technology features a unique hook-cross nitinol design intended to provide a natural and flexible fit within a patient's anatomy, as well as flared ends to help prevent stent migration.
"M.I.Tech is an innovator in non-vascular stent development, with product offerings that complement our existing stent portfolio, including the differentiated AXIOS™ Stent and Electrocautery Enhanced Delivery System and the flexible and conformable Agile™ Esophageal Stent System," said Art Butcher, executive vice president and group president, MedSurg and Asia Pacific, Boston Scientific. "We are committed to investing in technologies that advance care for patients around the world and are eager to work more closely with M.I.Tech to expand their international footprint."
The company expects to complete the transaction in the second half of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions. The impact to GAAP and adjusted earnings per share is expected to be immaterial in 2022.
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1 Zhou, W. Z., & Yang, Z. Q. (2014). Stenting for malignant gastric outlet obstruction: Current status. Gastrointestinal Intervention, 3(2), 65–68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gii.2014.09.009
2 Kang S. G. (2010). Gastrointestinal stent update. Gut and liver, 4 Suppl 1(Suppl 1), S19–S24. https://doi.org/10.5009/gnl.2010.4.S1.S19
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