Wound care group swoops for new tech treatment in deal worth up to £176m

ConvaTec wound care

Deeside-based medical products business, Convatec, has acquired anti-infective technology from an Oxfordshire business in a deal worth a potential £176m.

The wound care group has bought the anti-infective nitric oxide technology platform of 30 Technology, which includes new product assets and research and development. In addition to applications in advanced wound care, Convatec will explore application of this highly innovative technology platform across its business categories.

The initial consideration paid was £45m. There is an additional milestone payment of £47m due on regulatory clearances in the US and Europe, and further potential payments of up to £84m based on sales of products over the lifetime of the acquired patents.

Convatec expects to launch the first new product based on this technology, which will be in the advanced wound care market, in 2025.

The innovative technology platform and new product pipeline complement Convatec’s strong advanced wound care portfolio and strengthen its ability to provide best-in-class solutions for patients. Other potential applications for this technology include the prevention of urinary tract infections as well as other transformative applications.

The technology being acquired is supported by a small talented technical and leadership team, located in Oxfordshire. The team will transfer to Convatec and the group said it looks forward to investing in its ongoing success.

Under the terms of the agreement, 30 Technology retains the rights to respiratory medicine, animal health, oral surgery, and a range of other therapeutics applications.

Dr Divakar Ramakrishnan, chief technology officer and head of research and development at Convatec, said: “This nitric oxide-based technology platform represents a unique natural antimicrobial and antibiofilm mode of action that is based on compelling scientific and clinical data as well as knowhow.

“We are excited to welcome new colleagues to Convatec with their technical and translational science expertise. We are looking forward to commercialising this innovative technology, across a variety of medtech device applications starting with advanced wound care. Our leading global research and development, operations and commercial teams are eager to support them in bringing pioneering products to market.”

Syd Hanna, group executive director of 30 Technology, said: “This technology unlocks the potential of nitric oxide to treat a range of infections with a durable and safe treatment. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the key challenges of our time and we believe the technology has significant potential for application across a multitude of increasingly hard to treat conditions. Convatec are exceptionally well placed to commercialise this technology platform.”

Convatec said the deal will have no impact on the sales and margin guidance for 2023.