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Medtronic prepares to acquire Restore Medical

Medtronic : 23 April, 2008  (Company News)
Restore Medical and Medtronic have signed a definitive agreement which will see Medtronic pay $1.60 per share in cash for each share of Restore Medical stock.
The total value of the transaction, including payment of Restore Medical debt will be approximately $29 million.

Restore Medical’s Pillar Palatal Implant System (Pillar System) is an innovative, minimally invasive, implantable medical device used to treat the soft palate component of sleep breathing disorders, including mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring.

Cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, the Pillar System complements Medtronic’s existing family of market-leading ENT products used to treat a variety of other upper airway obstructions, including the sinuses and tonsils/adenoids. The addition of the Pillar System allows Medtronic to provide its physician customers with another minimally invasive, low morbidity option to treat patients suffering from OSA and snoring.

“This acquisition will help deliver new growth for our ENT business by providing Medtronic with a proven office-based procedure in a very fast growing segment of the sleep market,” said Bob Blankemeyer, president of the ENT business at Medtronic. “Medtronic can quickly leverage its distribution and marketing strengths to improve patient and surgeon access to this minimally invasive therapy.”

“The opportunity to reach more patients and physicians with a proven therapy designed to treat snoring and OSA through Medtronic’s growing ENT business is exciting for Restore Medical,” said Bob Paulson, president and chief executive officer of Restore Medical. “Minimally invasive, office-based procedures to treat snoring and sleep apnea is a large and underserved market. The combination of our Implant technology with Medtronic’s ENT business will enhance access to the Pillar System.”

The transaction is anticipated to close within 90 days.
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