Abbott and Surmodics to Collabrate for Next-Generation Drug-Coated Balloon


Abbott and Surmodics announced that the companies have entered into an agreement whereby Abbott will have exclusive worldwide commercialization rights for Surmodics’ SurVeil® drug-coated balloon to treat the superficial femoral artery, which is currently being evaluated in a U.S. pivotal clinical trial.

Separately, Abbott also received options to negotiate agreements for Surmodics’ below-the-knee and arteriovenous (AV) fistula drug-coated balloon products, which are currently in pre-clinical development.

As part of the agreement, Surmodics, a leading provider of medical device and in vitro diagnostic technologies to the healthcare industry, will supply the SurVeil drug-coated balloon to Abbott. The two companies will collaborate on product development, clinical trials and regulatory activities to obtain marketing approval in the U.S. and Europe.

The SurVeil drug-coated balloon will complement and extend Abbott’s broad line of vascular devices for treating peripheral artery disease (PAD), including stents and vessel closure devices. In addition to its devices for PAD, Abbott has one of the broadest portfolios of medical devices serving the $30 billion-dollar global cardiovascular market, with leadership positions in several large and fast-growing areas, including cardiac rhythm management, electrophysiology, structural heart and heart failure.

PAD is a serious and often underdiagnosed circulatory condition that can lead to other serious vascular conditions. Drug-coated balloons have emerged as an important treatment option in treating PAD, which affects an estimated 200 million people worldwide. The SurVeil drug-coated balloon includes a proprietary drug-excipient formulation for a durable balloon coating and is manufactured using an innovative process to improve coating uniformity.

Pre-clinical data have shown a three- to five-times higher target tissue drug concentration, a more evenly distributed and durable drug effect, and lower incidence of downstream drug particles compared to the control drug-coated balloon.1 The design of the SurVeil drug-coated balloon reflects Surmodics’ industry leadership in the development of surface technology for vascular medical devices.

“Abbott is committed to providing leading treatments for people with peripheral artery disease, and the SurVeil drug-coated balloon is a next-generation device that utilizes best-in-class technology,” said Chuck Brynelsen, senior vice president of Abbott’s vascular business. “This agreement enhances our fast-growing endovascular portfolio, and we look forward to offering this solution to physicians to give them more and better options to help their patients live their fullest lives.”

“The SurVeil drug-coated balloon is the first device developed by Surmodics that combines our proprietary drug-delivery and surface technologies with our exceptional design, development and manufacturing capabilities,” said Gary Maharaj, Surmodics’ president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to enter this partnership with Abbott given its deep expertise in vascular care products and its worldwide strength in the market. We look forward to working together with Abbott to realize the full potential of our SurVeil drug-coated balloon to help people with peripheral artery disease.”

Surmodics’ SurVeil drug-coated balloon is currently being evaluated in the TRANSCEND pivotal clinical trial and is being compared with the current market-leading drug-coated balloon in treating PAD in the legs. The SurVeil drug-coated balloon is currently for investigational use only.

Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Surmodics will receive a $25 million upfront payment and may earn an additional $67 million for various product development milestones. Upon the regulatory approval of the device, Surmodics will be responsible for the manufacture and supply of clinical and commercial quantities of the product and will realize revenue based on initial product sales to Abbott as well as a share of profits resulting from third-party sales.

About Peripheral Artery Disease
Worldwide, over 200 million people have PAD,2 a serious and underdiagnosed circulatory condition caused by build-up of arterial plaque, most commonly in the legs. Between 12-20 percent of Americans over 60 years old have PAD.3 PAD increases risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke, and can impair the ability to walk. If left untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene and limb amputation.