"This acquisition represents an important strategic milestone for Merz," said Philip Burchard, CEO of Merz Pharma Group, which has associates in 18 different countries around the world. "We have a vision to be the most innovative company in aesthetics, and expanding into the rapidly growing field of energy devices will position us for long-term success in this area. The addition of Ulthera's energy device technology complements and expands our global presence in the aesthetics space."
Founded in 2004, Ulthera is among leaders in non-surgical lifting and tightening treatments. By therapeutic ultrasound technology, the Ulthera® System is the first and only ultrasound platform device to receive FDA clearance for lifting skin on the eyebrow, the neck and under the chin. Ulthera assumes sales greater than $100 million in 2014.
"The aesthetic lift indication differentiates Ulthera from every other energy device available in the market today," said Bill Humphries, President and CEO of Merz North America, Inc. "It is truly innovative technology, and we expect to leverage our in-house clinical expertise to develop further aesthetic and medical applications and bring them to the international marketplace."
Merz and Ulthera have a joint mission: bring innovations to a marketplace that can meet the needs of physicians while improving the well-being of their patients. This mutual long-term vision offers a solid foundation for the joint companies. "Joining with a like-minded, growing global healthcare company is a major milestone in the life of our company," said Ulthera CEO Matt Likens. "Through our collaboration with Merz, we hope to introduce the Ulthera® System to new customers and markets around the world."
"Building on this important new partnership, Merz will continue to seek innovative M&A and licensing opportunities on a global scale," said Hans-Jörg Bergler, Head of Corporate Development for Merz Pharma Group.
The deal has been approved by both of the companies’ boards and is center to customary closing conditions, as well as the expiration or termination of the associated waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The contract is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014.
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