Corin Group acquires US orthopaedics business

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International orthopaedic company Corin Group, which has its headquarters in Cirencester and is backed by the Permira funds, has signed a binding agreement for the acquisition of US-based OMNI Orthopaedics Inc, a pioneer in robotic-assisted total knee replacement.

Corin says this is further evidence of Permira and its co-investors’ determination to accelerate Corin’s strong organic growth with a focussed M&A strategy.

Founded in 1999 by a team of medical device engineers, OMNI is now at the forefront of robotic-assisted knee replacement. Their OMNIBotics is a unique imageless total knee replacement solution which combines a robotic cutting guide with the world’s first robotic tool to measure ligament function. The system allows tailoring of the implant positioning to each individual patient, resulting in less patient pain and faster rehabilitationi.

Corin’s strategy is to revolutionise orthopaedics by gaining, understanding and sharing insight at every stage of the joint replacement experience and delivering clinically proven implants which are optimised by unique procedural technologies. OMNIBotics®, combined with APEX knee replacement, accelerates Corin’s strategy.

Corin’s CEO Stefano Alfonsi said: “We are delighted to welcome the innovative and talented OMNI team into the Corin global family. We look forward to working together as a combined organisation to further develop our presence in the world’s largest market – the United States. With the combination of Corin’s unique Optimised Positioning System (OPS™) for the hip and the OMNIBotics® platform for the knee, Corin is now uniquely positioned to address functional patient-specific joint replacement.”

OMNI’s CEO Rick Epstein added: “It is the perfect time to be part of a larger organisation that shares our dedication to improving the lives of individual patients through technological innovation. We are thrilled to be joining Corin to maximise the potential of our robotic solutions, adding another unique technology to their ecosystem”

Henry Minello, Principal in the Healthcare team of Permira, said:“The US market for robotics in orthopaedics is growing at a very rapid pace, and with the addition of OMNI’s technologies, we expect Corin to remain at the forefront of development in robotics and computer assisted surgery. We are excited about the potential to scale OMNI’s highly innovative products in the US and into other geographies where Corin operates.  We are very pleased to support Corin’s management to bring these life changing technologies into new markets.  OMNI will also strengthen Corin’s footprint in the US, an exciting market experiencing strong technology adoption.”

Corin is creating a connected digital ecosystem that combines biomechanical, physiological and logistical information to generate insight; this ecosystem will empower patients throughout their treatment journey and support surgeons to improve patient outcomes and maximise value for the healthcare system. This is Connected Orthopaedic Insight.

KPMG LLP (financial and tax), Barclays Bank PLC (strategic advisory) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (legal) provided advisory services to Corin in support of the transaction. Piper Jaffray & Co. acted as financial advisor to OMNI and Foley Hoag LLP acted as legal advisor to OMNI.

The transaction is expected to close by early March 2019.