Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces transaction with Johnson & Johnson relating to Angiotech's Quill technology

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces transaction with Johnson & Johnson relating to Angiotech's Quill technology

VANCOUVER, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Angiotech to Receive Initial Cash Consideration of $20 Million and Up to $42 Million in Potential Contingent Consideration

Angiotech to Retain Rights to Manufacture, Market and Sell Quill

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Angiotech") announced today that it had concluded the sale of certain Quill intellectual property to Ethicon, Inc. ("Ethicon"), a unit of Johnson & Johnson, Inc., and its affiliates. Under the terms of the transaction, Angiotech will retain worldwide rights to manufacture, market and sell Quill wound closure products.

In addition, Ethicon and Angiotech entered into a Manufacturing and Supply Agreement, pursuant to which Angiotech will exclusively manufacture knotless wound closure products that utilize the Quill technology for Ethicon for an undisclosed term.

"We are pleased after many years of investment and effort by all parts of our organization that the potential of our proprietary Quill technology has been validated by one of the industry's most important companies," said Thomas Bailey, President and CEO of Angiotech. "The opportunity to realize value for Quill through the sale of intellectual property to Ethicon and through our manufacturing relationship, while maintaining our own wholly independent opportunity to market and sell Quill profitably, presents a unique proposition for Angiotech, and builds on our history of providing key technology to partners simultaneous with our own continued direct participation in markets."

"In addition, the payments and potential payments received from Ethicon will enable Angiotech to build upon our recent positive operational and financial momentum by further reducing our net debt and enhancing our operating flexibility, liquidity and capital resources," said Mr. Bailey.

Angiotech will host a conference call discussing its fourth quarter financial results on Tuesday April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM ET (7:00 AM PT), and will provide further details regarding the transaction at that time. Details regarding the conference call can be found on Angiotech's website at .

Certain of the key terms of the transaction are as follows:

Ethicon will acquire certain intellectual property owned by Angiotech relating to Quill.

Ethicon will make an initial payment of $20 million to Angiotech in respect of the acquisition of intellectual property.

Angiotech may earn up to an additional $42 million in contingent cash consideration from Ethicon, portions of which are to be paid upon (i) the transfer to Ethicon of certain know-how and (ii) upon achievement of certain product development and launch milestones.

Angiotech will be the exclusive manufacturer of knotless wound closure products that utilize the Quill technology for Ethicon for an undisclosed term.

A worldwide, royalty free license to all Quill intellectual property sold to Ethicon will be granted to Angiotech, thereby allowing Angiotech to continue to manufacture, market and sell Quill in any manner or market Angiotech wishes to do so.

Forward Looking Statements

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Given these uncertainties, assumptions and risk factors, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we disclaim any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect future results, events or developments.

©2012 Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Angiotech

Angiotech develops, manufactures and markets medical device products and technologies, primarily within the areas of interventional oncology, wound closure and ophthalmology. Our strategy is to utilize our precision manufacturing capabilities and our highly targeted sales and marketing capabilities to offer novel or differentiated medical device products to patients, physicians and other medical device manufacturers or distributors. For additional information about Angiotech, please visit our website at .

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