United Therapeutics to expand into cardiac arrhythmia and ischemia monitoring

Silver Spring 28 December 2001United Therapeutics has expanded its telemedicine business by acquiring the assets of Medicomp Inc. and Telemedical Procedures LLC, which are related cardiac monitoring companies, based in Florida. These companies specialise in providing cardiac Holter and event monitoring analysis services remotely via proprietary peer-to-peer networks using telephone dial-up and Internet connections.

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These tele-care services are designed to address the needs of patients suspected of suffering from cardiac arrhythmias and other abnormalities, such as ischemic events. The companies also design and manufacture the unique devices required to provide the services.

Cardiac arrhythmias and ischemic heart disease afflict an estimated 20 million Americans, and possibly ten times as many people worldwide. If left undetected and untreated, they can result in heart attacks and death. Treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and ischemia with pharmaceuticals requires careful titration based upon life-long repeat cardiac monitoring.

"We are extremely pleased about this opportunity to build upon our cardiovascular expertise in pulmonary hypertension, angina and coronary artery disease with this new expansion into both cardiac arrhythmias and ischemia", stated Martine Rothblatt, Chairman and CEO of United Therapeutics. "Numerous synergies arise from our growing portfolio of innovative cardiac therapeutics."

"We are very excited to ally ourselves with a leader in cardiovascular therapeutics", stated Ricardo Balda, Chairman and CEO of Medicomp and Telemedical Procedures. "Cardiac monitoring is a billion dollar business today, and the resources of United Therapeutics will enable us to be in a better position to both expand our share of the market and to grow the market with exciting new technologies."

The transaction was structured as an asset purchase. United Therapeutics paid $8 million cash and issued approximately 260.000 shares of common stock for the assets. The stock component of the consideration is subject to adjustment. United Therapeutics intends to operate the businesses under the Medicomp name as a wholly owned subsidiary of Unither Telemedicine Services Corporation (UTSC).

UTSC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Therapeutics. Ricardo Balda will become co-CEO of UTSC, will serve as CEO of Medicomp, and will join the Board of United Therapeutics. United Therapeutics is a biotechnology company combating cardiovascular, inflammatory and infectious diseases with unique therapeutic products.


Leslie Versweyveld

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