CryoLife Acquires Ascyrus Medical
September 02, 2020 at 16:02 PM EDT
ATLANTA, Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CryoLife, Inc. ("CryoLife"; NYSE: CRY), a leading cardiac and vascular surgery company focused on aortic disease, announced today that it has acquired Ascyrus Medical LLC (Ascyrus). Ascyrus is a Florida-based, privately-held developer of the Ascyrus Medical Dissection Stent (AMDS™), the world's first aortic arch remodeling device used for the treatment of acute Type A aortic dissections. The addition of the AMDS to CryoLife's product portfolio further strengthens the Company's position as a leader in the growing aortic repair market.
Strategic Rationale for the Transaction
"We believe the addition of the AMDS to our product offerings will make a meaningful contribution to our future growth as it gives us immediate access to the combined $100+ million EU and Canadian markets and has the potential to expand our worldwide addressable market by approximately $540 million," said Pat Mackin, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CryoLife. "AMDS is another highly differentiated device that, when included in our commercial channel, will further solidify our position as a global leader in aortic repair, as it will immediately strengthen our highly competitive product portfolio in Europe."
Globally, approximately 48,000 patients suffer from acute Type A aortic dissections. Aortic dissection occurs when the innermost layer of the aorta tears and blood surges through the tear separating the layers of the aorta. In acute Type A aortic dissections, the tear in the wall of the aorta originates in the ascending aorta and continues down into the descending thoracic aorta. Left untreated, aortic dissections can lead to death. The current standard of care for repairing acute Type A aortic dissections is a hemiarch repair which involves open surgery during which the ascending thoracic aorta is replaced. Hemiarch repair typically addresses the most critical and pressing issues resulting from acute Type A dissections. However, stand-alone surgical repair is often not enough, as it does not address downstream re-entry tears or treating the false lumen beyond the ascending aorta, which could lead to issues such as continued blood flow in the false lumen, an enlarged aorta, and malperfusion with subsequent end-organ ischemia resulting from a lack of blood-flow – complications that result in costly and dangerous re-interventions, and often times, death.
Ascyrus has developed the AMDS, the world's first aortic arch remodeling device for use in the treatment of acute Type A aortic dissections. It is used as a complement to, and in conjunction with, hemi-arch replacement without adding technical complexity. The design of the AMDS allows for rapid deployment of the graft in the aortic arch during a standard replacement of the ascending aorta, adding less than five minutes to the procedure time. The deployment of the AMDS preserves the native arch, potentially allowing for the minimally invasive re-interventions, including the repair of additional entry tears, rather than an invasive arch repair. In the clinical trial supporting the CE Mark and Health Canada approvals, the AMDS was shown to reduce mortality, complications and reoperations compared to the standard of care, thereby improving the care of patients and offering significant cost savings for the health care system.
Michael Andrew Borger, MD, PhD, Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Leipzig, Director of Cardiac Surgery, Leipzig Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany, commented, "Based on our experience with the AMDS and the published data, I believe the addition of this simple and elegant device to the standard surgical procedure for patients with acute aortic dissection will actually simplify the operation, reduce early and late complications requiring reintervention, and possibly improve survival. It is likely to become the standard of care because of its ease of adoption, simplicity, safety, and effectiveness, particularly with the sickest patients."
Terms of the Agreements
Webcast and Conference Call Information
To listen to the live teleconference, please dial 201-689-8261 a few minutes prior to 5:00 p.m. A replay of the teleconference will be available September 2 through September 9 and can be accessed by calling (toll free) 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415. The conference number for the replay is 13709191.
The live webcast and replay and the accompanying presentation can be accessed by going to the Investor Relations section of the CryoLife website at www.cryolife.com and selecting the heading Webcasts & Presentations.
About Ascyrus Medical
Forward Looking Statements
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