– Transaction Reflects Increasing Strategic Focus on Proprietary Drug-Eluting Biomatrix Platform –
SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Elutia Inc. (Nasdaq: ELUT) (“Elutia”), a company pioneering drug-eluting biomatrix products, today announced the divestiture of the Company’s Orthobiologics business unit to Berkeley Biologics LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of GNI Group Ltd. Elutia will receive cash proceeds of up to $35 million, comprised of an upfront payment at closing of $15 million plus potential earnout payments of up to $20 million over a five-year period. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2023.
This transaction represents a pivotal milestone in Elutia’s progress toward pioneering the drug-eluting biomatrix. The Company continues to make progress towards gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for CanGaroo® RM, the Company’s lead drug-eluting product. CanGaroo RM features an advanced biomatrix and the drugs rifampin and minocycline (RM) for extended antibiotic protection for cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, a $28 billion market. Elutia is targeting the first half of 2024 for the launch of CanGaroo RM. The Company’s pipeline also includes an RM version of its SimpliDerm® biomatrix for use in breast reconstruction procedures.
“Our mission is to provide physicians with the wound healing benefits of natural biological materials combined with the power of targeted therapeutics so that their patients can thrive without compromise,” said Dr. Randy Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elutia. “With the development of the drug-eluting biomatrix, we are creating a new biosurgery paradigm to deliver better surgical outcomes. This transaction allows us to focus our efforts on bringing this valuable technology to market, with the confidence that our Orthobiologics business and team are in great hands with Berkeley Biologics.”
Mizuho Securities USA LLC acted as advisor to Elutia Inc. in connection with this transaction.
Elutia develops and commercializes biologic products to improve compatibility between medical devices and the patients who need them. With a growing population in need of implantable technologies, Elutia’s mission is humanizing medicine so patients can thrive without compromise. For more information, visit www.Elutia.com.
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