Medtronic to acquire cardiac ablation tech dev Epix Therapeutics

Medtronic, Epix Therapeutics

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said yesterday that it inked a deal to acquire cardiac ablation tech developer Epix Therapeutics, formerly known as Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, for an undisclosed amount.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Epix’s flagship device is the DiamondTemp catheter-based radiofrequency cardiac ablation system, which won CE Mark approval in the European Union in 2017.

The company is engaged in an FDA IDE trial of the device, the Diamond-AF trial, which it hopes will support regulatory clearance in the US with indications for treating patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Epix added that it is also engaged in a trial, the Diamond-AF II trial, which is exploring the device’s use in treating patients with persistent AF.

“The DiamondTemp ablation system stands out from other RF ablation technologies because of the real-time temperature control via rapid power modulation. This results in shorter procedure times and higher confidence in lesion quality. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Epix to design the Diamond-AF II trial and I look forward to continuing that work with Medtronic,” study global principal investigator Dr. Atul Verma of Newmarket, Canada’s Southlake Regional Health Center said in a prepared statement.

Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said that the acquisition will expand its cardiac ablation portfolio and that it expects the deal to close during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends April 26. Medtronic added that it expects the deal to be dilutive to its near-term adjusted earnings per share, which it plans to offset.

“The DiamondTemp cardiac ablation system represents leapfrog technology in the RF cardiac ablation space, a segment of the market where we haven’t previously participated. When combined with our existing leading cryoballoon technology, we expect to provide physicians with a complete portfolio of best-in-class cryo and RF systems,” atrial fibrillation solutions division GM Rebecca Seidel said in a press release.

Last month, Medtronic said that it closed the $1.7 billion acquisition of Mazor Robotics (NSDQ:MZOR) and its robot-assisted surgery platform, capping the buyout with the announcement that their first jointly produced product won an FDA nod.

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