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Matt Likens - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Merz acquires Mesa-based medical company Ulthera

Merz and Ulthera, Inc. today announced that they have entered a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which Merz will acquire global medical device company Ulthera, a deal which will accelerate Merz’s growth in the aesthetics area and expand the company’s portfolio of treatment options in facial aesthetics.

Merz and Ulthera have entered a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Merz will acquire Ulthera, Inc, a global medical device company focused on developing and commercializing technologies for aesthetic and medical applications using its therapeutic ultrasound platform technology. Valued at up to $600 million in upfront cash and milestone payments, the acquisition is the largest in Merz’s history.

“This acquisition represents an important strategic milestone for Merz,” said Philip Burchard, CEO of Merz Pharma Group, which has affiliates in 18 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 a leader in non-surgical lifting and tightening treatments. Using 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 expects sales of more 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 shared mission: to bring innovations to market that meet the needs of physicians and improve the well-being of patients. This shared long-term vision provides a solid foundation for the combined company. “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 transaction has been approved by the boards of both companies and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014.

Liposonix

New Liposonix Procedure Decreases Waistline With Ultrasound Energy

As Arizonans live in shorts and a bathing suit come summertime (or more like springtime), a revolutionary procedure, Liposonix, helps get bodies back in shape for bikini season.

LiposonixWith revolutionary ultrasound technology, Liposonix is an FDA approved procedure that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy (HIFU) to permanently destroy fat cells. In a one-time, one-hour treatment, this non-invasive, non-surgical procedure can decrease your waistline by one size.

The ultrasound technology targets problem areas to eradicate fat around the waistline. The fat is removed through the body’s natural healing process, and during an eight- to 12-week time frame, it is naturally metabolized resulting in a thinner, more contoured waistline. Specializing in cosmetic dermatology and offering a wide variety of procedures using state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Susan Van Dyke, MD, of Van Dyke Laser & Skin in Scottsdale, Ariz. is the sole provider of the Liposonix procedure in the Southwest United Sates.

“One of the greatest things about Liposonix is that there is no downtime after the procedure,” Van Dyke says. “It is not unusual to have bruising and some minor soreness for a couple of days, but other than that, patients have no post-procedure restrictions.”

Liposonix

In order to benefit from the Liposonix technology, a patient must have a minimum of one inch of body fat around the targeted area. Patients looking for further contouring may receive the procedure multiple times, but according to Van Dyke, they are recommended to wait eight to 12 weeks after the first treatment to begin the next.

As this is strictly a contouring procedure and not the answer to significant weight loss, Van Dyke says, “I find that many who undergo this non-invasive fat reduction procedure become motivated to improve their diet and exercise regiments because they are so thrilled with the jump start this procedure provides.”

Treatments on the abdomen and flanks typically cost between $1,000 and $2,000, as prices will vary depending on the size of the targeted areas.

For more information about the Liposonix procedure and Van Dyke Laser & Skin, visit vandykelaser.com