Bio-Techne to Acquire Exosome Diagnostics

On June 25, 2018, Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ: TECH) announced that it had reached agreement to acquire Exosome Diagnostics, Inc. for $250 million in cash, plus contingent consideration of up to $325 million due upon the achievement of certain future milestones. The transaction is expected to close in July or early August 2018. The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash on hand and a revolving line of credit facility that Bio-Techne expects to obtain prior to the closing of the acquisition. Bio-Techne's management team held a conference call on June 26, 2018 at 8:00 am CDT to discuss the Exosome Diagnostics acquisition. Charles R. Kummeth, President and CEO of Bio-Techne commented, "We are excited to acquire the Exosome Diagnostic technology platform and integrate it into the Bio-Techne portfolio. ExosomeDx's technology is a game-changer, and positions Bio-Techne to be a leader in the rapidly-growing non-invasive liquid biopsy market. There are multipl e synergies with our core company, including our 40-year track record of developing and commercializing the highest-quality biologicals, especially in the field of cytokines. We will leverage our strong brand and market leadership position to extend these core competencies to the science of exosomes and cell free-DNA (cfDNA) biology and their utility as novel diagnostic tools. The non-invasive nature of this technology creates a new process for liquid biopsies and is likely to transform medical practice. Exosome Diagnostics complements our molecular pathology business, Advanced Cellular Diagnostics (ACD), which remains a robust growth segment for the Company." Currently Exosome Diagnostics markets a urine-based test, ExoDx® Prostate(IntelliScore) (EPI), to assist physicians in determining the need for a prostate biopsy in patients with an ambiguous PSA test result.
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