AngioDynamics to acquire Vortex Medical


AngioDynamics has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding capital stock of Vortex Medical, a privately-held company focused on the development of innovative medical devices for the removal of thrombus from occluded blood vessels.

Vortex is currently commercialising the AngioVac system, which includes the AngioVac Cannula and Circuit. These two disposable devices, when combined with other manufacturers’ filters, pumps and return cannula, comprise an extracorporeal bypass circuit that facilitates drainage, filtration and reinfusion of blood for up to six hours. The AngioVac Cannula has a proprietary balloon-actuated, expandable, funnel-shaped distal tip that enhances flow, prevents clogging of the cannula and facilitates en bloc removal of undesirable intravascular material. Both the AngioVac Cannula and Circuit are FDA-cleared, and an application has been filed for CE mark approval.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, AngioDynamics will acquire all the outstanding capital stock of Vortex Medical for US$15 million in cash at closing, subject to adjustment, plus future earn out payments based on net sales of the AngioVac system over a 10 year period and payable in cash.

“The AngioVac system has the potential to become a gold standard of care. Unlike currently available pharmacomechanical alternatives, the minimally invasive, en bloc removal of intravascular material has the potential to reduce the risk of complications associated with major open surgery, internal bleeding and clot fragmentation,” said Joseph M DeVivo, president and CEO of AngioDynamics. “We believe the AngioVac system presents opportunities for wide anatomical application, and has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes and to reduce the overall cost of providing treatment. Within five years, we believe AngioVac has the potential to achieve more than US$50 million of annual net revenue.”

“The first time I used AngioVac, I turned to my colleagues and proclaimed: ‘This is a game-changer!’,” said Ken Rosenfield, Section Head for Vascular Medicine and Intervention at Massachusetts General Hospital and member of Vortex’s Scientific Advisory Board. “Since then, I have successfully used the AngioVac system in some of the most challenging cases. AngioVac is truly one of the most promising and innovative products for managing venous disease on the market today.”

“We believe AngioDynamics to be the ideal partner for the AngioVac system,” said Michael Glennon, founder and CEO of Vortex Medical. “AngioDynamics has demonstrated their ability to successfully commercialise innovative vascular solutions, and we believe AngioVac will be highly synergistic with AngioDynamics’ full complement of other venous and angiographic products.”

The acquisition of Vortex Medical is expected to close by the end of October 2012.