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GP Week : Issue 228
Jean Boulle Medtech Ltd, a Jean Boulle Group medical technology company and founding investor of Tendyne Holdings, Inc, is pleased to announce that Abbott Laboratories has closed its acquisition of Tendyne. Abbott thereby acquires the remaining shares of Tendyne that it does not already own for US$250 million plus potential future payments tied to regulatory milestones. This acquisition culminates a relationship that began when Jean Boulle Medtech welcomed Abbott as an early strategic investor in Tendyne. Jean Boulle Medtech worked with Tendyne's most recent investor, Apple Tree Partners, in helping to complete the transaction. Tendyne has developed a heart valve specifically designed to address the complex mitral anatomy of functional, degenerative and mixed etiology mitral regurgitation – a disorder in which the mitral valve on the left side of the heart does not close properly. Left untreated, mitral regurgitation can lead to heart failure and death. Many millions of people, in the United States alone, will benefit from mitral valve replacement. The Tendyne mitral valve is literally placed inside a beating heart via a transcatheter and does not require open-heart surgery. There is therefore no need to stop the heart beating, as has been the case up till now. A catheter enters the bottom of the heart through a small tube inserted in a small incision in the patient’s chest. The physician uses the tube to deploy the valve and positions it so that it rests over the heart's existing mitral valve. It is then anchored securely in place by an adjustable tether. The valve is fully retrievable, totally repositionable and is sewn onto a Nitinol frame. Nitinol is a superelastic nickel and titanium "shape memory alloy" whose flexibility eases implantation, but regains its original shape when it returns to a patient’s normal body temperature. The Tendyne valve’s nickel/titanium alloy composition is derived from a corporate history of making major discoveries which Tendyne has in common with three other Jean Boulle Group Companies. The first founded Diamond Fields Resources, Inc, and discovered one of the world's largest and richest nickel deposits in Voisey's Bay, Canada. The second founded Titanium Resources Group Ltd and restarted and rediscovered one the world's largest and richest titanium mines in Sierra Leone. The third, World Titanium Resources discovered and is developing one of the world’s largest and highest- grade titanium deposits, in South Western Madagascar. The Tendyne valve is currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States, Great Britain and Australia as part of a multi- centre global feasibility study on the safety and performance of the Tendyne valve in patients with symptomatic mitral regurgitation of degenerative or functional etiology, some of whose medical conditions would otherwise make them inoperable. Initial patient results have been positive with most, if not all, patients having no mitral valve regurgitation after being discharged from hospital within a few days of surgery. The Tendyne valve has been successfully implanted in patients at such internationally renowned medical institutions as the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, England; St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia; and The Minneapolis Heart Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Other prestigious medical institutions in the expanding universe of Tendyne clinical trials include Baylor Heart and Vascular Center, Dallas, Texas; Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio; St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, New York; and Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. Members of Tendyne's Medical Advisory team include : Mark Gillinov MD, The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center; Paul Grayburn MD, Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital; Lucian Lozonschi MD, Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Georg Lutter MD, University of Kiel, Eduardo de Marchena MD, Professor of Medicine and Surgery and Associate Dean for International Medicine, University of Miami Health System; Mark Reisman MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Washington; Murat Tuzcu MD, The Cleveland Clinic; and Horst Sievert MD. Jean Boulle Medtech is a subsidiary of the medical division of the Jean Boulle Group of Companies. This division invests in medical technology and includes companies such as Jean Boulle Medtech (Ocudyne) Ltd., which is the founding investor in a project exploring the cause of, and a cure for, aged-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness around the world. moRe iNFoRmAtioN: Jean Boulle Group Ms Audrey Richardson email@example.com WEB: jeanboullegroup.com or Wayne Malouf, in Dallas, Texas Ph: +1 214 691 9000 firstname.lastname@example.org Jean Boulle Group – Us$250m + Abbott Laboratories Acquisition of Tendyne Holdings 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news A collaborative team made up of American and German students were crowned F1 in schools World champions for 2015 in singapore. It was the first time a collaborative effort has won the educational initiative, becomming the first team to break the one second barrier in the process. F1 in Schools challenges students from around the world to builded a 21cm model car, powered by a cylinder of compressed air which races down a 20 metre track. The six-strong Union Racing International team triumphed over 46 other entries to claim the Bernie Ecclestone trophy. The team also took out the Best International Collaboration Award and the Knockout Racing Award, fending off an entry from Portugal in the final. "It’s been great to bond with our team over the past week and I think our awards show just how much work we’ve put into this," said George Birtton, manager for the Union Racing International squad. "It’s been difficult working together without having met, not being able to see face to face, the main thing we struggled with is agreeing on things, but after we figured that out it was fine." "We’ve had a fantastic World Finals this year," added Andrew Denford, Fouder and Chairman of F1 in Schools. "Union Racing International, breaking the world record, not once but five times was impressive enough, but having a collaboration team take the title makes it even more special. The standard of work achieved by every team has been outstanding and it blows me away with the depth of engineering knowledge, the innovations developed by the students and their passion for F1 in Schools." A host of other awards were handed out, including the Sutton Images F1 in Schools Trophy, which was presented by GPWeek's own Mark Sutton. f1 in schools winners crowned