BTG buys Novate Medical


BTG has announced it has acquired Novate Medical (“Novate”), a medical device company focused on the prevention of pulmonary embolism in patients at high risk of venous thromboembolic events. A press release reports that Novate has developed Sentry; the first bioconvertible inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which has recently been granted 510(k) regulatory clearance in the USA.

According to the press release, Sentry’s 12-month clinical trial data demonstrated no new symptomatic pulmonary embolism and no evidence of device migration, tilt, fracture, perforation or embolization, complications which have been associated with some other IVC filters. The unique bioconversion feature eliminates the need for an additional interventional procedure to retrieve the device.

BTG plans to launch Sentry in the USA in the second half of FY2018/19 and will sell the device through its existing vascular sales force. Louise Makin, BTG’s CEO, comments: “This bolt-on acquisition further enhances BTG’s strength in the vascular space. Novate’s unique IVC filter offers our existing customers a highly complementary product in the management of pulmonary embolism.”

BTG paid US$20m in cash to acquire Novate and may be required to pay additional cash considerations up to US$130m if certain commercial and sales-related milestones are met. The transaction is expected to be accretive to adjusted EPS from the second full year of ownership.


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