“We are excited to announce this license agreement with Sun Scientific as part of our strategy to identify complementary opportunities that leverage our market leadership in treating chronic swelling and our strong distribution infrastructure in the U.S.,” said Gerald R. Mattys, Tactile Medical CEO. “Sun Scientific has developed a unique, patented and FDA-cleared technology, the Aero-Wrap, which provides gradient compression to the lower leg while overcoming the known shortcomings of conventional compression stockings and wraps. This technology was invented by Dr. Sundaram Ravikumar, a serial inventor and board certified vascular surgeon, who collaborated with top clinicians and engineers to create a treatment solution that provides consistent, comfortable, and easy to apply gradient compression. We believe the Aero-Wrap represents an innovative all-day treatment option for patients with chronic swelling and chronic wounds. In addition to expanding our product portfolio, this agreement will enable Tactile Medical to gain access to patients suffering from lymphedema, venous ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency earlier in their treatment pathway. We look forward to sharing more information about our near-term commercial plans on our upcoming third quarter earnings call.”
Pursuant to the license agreement, the company paid Sun Scientific an initiation fee of $4 million and will also pay a royalty based on future sales. The transaction is expected to be immaterial to Tactile Medical’s fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019 GAAP net income.
Tactile Medical develops and markets at-home therapy devices that treat chronic swelling conditions such as lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency. Tactile Medical’s Mission is to help people suffering from chronic diseases live better and care for themselves at home. The company’s offering includes advanced, clinically proven pneumatic compression devices, as well as continuity of care services provided by a national network of product specialists and trainers, reimbursement experts, patient advocates and clinicians. This combination of products and services ensures that tens of thousands of patients annually receive the at-home treatment necessary to better manage their chronic conditions.
Sun Scientific develops a range of wound care and compression products for the treatment of chronic conditions, including lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency. The compression products are marketed under the Aero-Wrap brand name and were created with the goal of providing uncompromised product efficacy to enhance the quality of life for patients in need of compression therapy. Sun Scientific was founded by Dr. Sundaram Ravikumar, a practicing vascular and general surgeon who also founded Mini-Lap Technologies, a minimally-invasive laparoscopic instrument company which was sold in 2014.