Stryker announces agreements to acquire assets


Stryker Corporation announced recently that it has acquired OtisMed Corporation, a privately held, software technology firm.

OtisMed will focus on customisable instrumentation that has the potential to complement the many benefits that surgeons and patients realise from Stryker’s Triathlon Knee System, as well as other Stryker implants. OtisMed will operate as part of Stryker’s orthopaedics division and remain located in Alameda, California.

In addition, Stryker announced it has entered into definitive agreements with Mutoh Co Ltd, a Japanese company, and certain of its affiliates, and Synergetics USA, Inc to acquire assets used to produce the Sonopet Ultrasonic Aspirator control consoles, hand pieces and accessories as well as the worldwide rights to market and sell these products. The closing of these combined transactions is anticipated to occur prior to December 31, 2009, subject to agreed upon conditions. These products will be incorporated into Stryker’s instruments division which is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The terms of these two combined transactions include $67 million in upfront payments as well as potential future milestone and royalty payments of up to an additional $36 million.