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J&J MedTech acquires Laminar for $400 million, adds to Biosense Webster

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | December 05, 2023
Business Affairs Cardiology
Johnson & Johnson has acquired Laminar.
Paying $400 million upfront, Johnson & Johnson MedTech has acquired and made cardiac manufacturer Laminar part of its subsidiary, Biosense Webster, which designs technology for diagnosing and treating cardiac arrhythmia.

Laminar has developed a solution for eliminating the left atrial appendage (LAA) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib), which makes them more than five times as likely to experience a stroke. LAA closure is FDA-approved to reduce the risk of thromboembolism in AFib patients who cannot tolerate long-term blood thinners.

Its approach uses rotational motion to eliminate the LAA rather than plugs to occlude it like current commercial catheter-based procedure devices, and the company recently received FDA approval to conduct a U.S. pivotal study, with enrollment to begin in early 2024.

“Laminar’s innovative approach will provide Biosense Webster the opportunity to expand our portfolio in this high-growth market, complement our electrophysiology and intracardiac echo strengths, and deepen our presence with interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists,” said Jasmina Brooks, president of Biosense Webster, in a statement.

According to Laminar, the left atrial appendage occlusion market is expected to reach $2 billion by 2025.

Because of the deal, Johnson & Johnson has adjusted its expected adjusted earnings per share (EPS) for fiscal year 2023, anticipating an approximate 17 cent drop. It anticipates adjusted EPS ranges to be $9.85 to $9.91 and $9.90 to $9.96, respectively, and for EPS in 2024 to be 15 cents less.

News of the acquisition led JNJ shares to trade modestly lower in premarket November 30, according to Street Insider.

J&J acquired Biosense in 1997 and merged it a year later with its Cordis Webster company to create Biosense Webster. Last year, it acquired cardiac pump maker Abiomed for approximately $16.6 billion, adding more solutions for heart recovery to its Biosense Webster electrophysiology business.

The deal with Laminar includes potential clinical and regulatory milestone payments in 2024 and beyond.

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