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Teleflex Acquires Innovative Technology for Laryngeal Masks and other Airway Management Devices

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 7:30pm
Business Wire

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, today announced it has acquired the assets of Ultimate Medical and its affiliates. Ultimate Medical is a leading supplier and innovator of airway management devices with a portfolio of patented products and a full range of laryngeal mask airways.

Ultimate Medical developed the Cuff Pilot TM, the world's first integrated cuff pressure indicator for single-use airway management devices. This novel technology is a single-use device and it provides constant inside-the-cuff pressure indication, allowing for at-a-glance clinical assessments.

The Cuff Pilot technology is currently used with Ultimate Medical’s portfolio of laryngeal masks and has potential application for use with Teleflex’s market leading brand of LMA TM laryngeal masks.

Teleflex has had a development partnership with Ultimate Medical since April 2010 related to the integration of cuff pressure technology into some products and currently distributes Ultimate's portfolio of laryngeal masks in select international markets.

In addition to the Cuff Pilot technology, the acquisition of Ultimate Medical further supports Teleflex’s strategy to grow global supraglottic airway procedural usage by expanding their LMA TM portfolio to include a full range of silicone laryngeal masks and other complimentary products. The transaction also brings innovative technologies and intellectual property that is expected to bring value to Teleflex outside of the airway management device portfolio.

“We consider the acquisition of Ultimate Medical to be a perfect match,” said Liam Kelly, Executive Vice President, President, International. Added Kelly, “The acquisition of Ultimate Medical was a logical step after we acquired The Laryngeal Mask Company and its affiliates last year. This acquisition provides Teleflex with additional innovative, and cost-effective, airway management options for our customers and underscores our commitment to leadership in airway management medical devices.” The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About Teleflex Incorporated
Teleflex is a leading global provider of specialty medical devices for a range of procedures in critical care and surgery. Our mission is to provide solutions that enable healthcare providers to improve outcomes and enhance patient and provider safety. Headquartered in Limerick, PA, Teleflex employs approximately 11,700 people worldwide and serves healthcare providers in more than 140 countries. For additional information about Teleflex please refer to www.teleflex.com.

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