18-05-2012: CryoLife, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hemosphere, Inc., a privately-held medical device company that has developed and markets the HeRO (Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow) Graft. The HeRO Graft is a proprietary graft-based solution for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) hemodialysis patients with limited access options and central venous obstruction.
Under terms of the agreement, CryoLife will acquire Hemosphere for $17.0 million in cash, plus potential revenue milestone-based payments of up to $4.5 million. CryoLife intends to use cash on hand to finance the transaction, which is expected to close in May. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Hemosphere's revenues were $5.3 million and gross margins were 65.6 percent for the full year 2011.