Integra Buys Covidien’s Confluent Surgical Product Lines
|By HospiMedica International staff writers|
Posted on 18 Nov 2013
The DuraSeal system technology is a synthetic, absorbable, hydrogel delivered by a dual syringe applicator. When sprayed onto the dura, a strong, adherent sealing layer is produced, which effectively seals the suture line within seconds. A feature unique to DuraSeal is the blue colorant that provides the surgeon excellent visualization of coverage and thickness of the material upon application. The addition of a dural sealant technology to Integra’s current line enables the surgeon to adopt a “one stop shop” approach to closing the Dura Mater following neurosurgical procedures, complementing the company’s dural substitute, Duragen.
The other products in the Confluent Surgical product line include DuraSeal Exact/Xact, VascuSeal, and SprayShield. The products are part of the soft tissue repair category at Covidien, and generated approximately USD 65 million in sales in fiscal 2012. Under the terms of the agreement, Covidien will receive an initial cash payment of USD 235 million from Integra. Additionally, Covidien may receive up to USD 30 million, contingent upon the achievement of certain performance measures related to the transition of the Confluent Surgical business to Integra.
“The addition of the DuraSeal product lines enables our sales force and distributor partners to provide their customers with a best-in-class dural sealant as they seek to support surgeon’s efforts to minimize cerebrospinal fluid leaks upon completion of the surgical procedure,” said Robert Davis, President of Integra’s US Neurosurgery division. “Together with our broad DuraGen product line we are fortunate to have even more options to serve our customers and the individual needs of their patients.”
“This transaction allows Covidien to better focus on its global strategic priorities,” said Bryan Hanson, group president of medical devices & US at Covidien. “Based on Integra’s presence in neurosurgery and spine surgery combined with a strong portfolio of clinical evidence, we believe these products will thrive under Integra’s ownership. We express our sincere gratitude to our dedicated employees and the clinicians who have partnered with us throughout the years.”