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InSound Medical Inc.

Division of Sonova Holding AG

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Departure, Delays Signal Tough Times For Device Investors

Medical device investment - both in dollars and number of deals - are the lowest they've been in years. But another point of worry comes when venture capital firms begin shrinking not just their portfolios but their device teams as they lose interest in an area.

Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostics/Research Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q1 2010

Highlights from the Q1 2010 review of medical device and in vitro diagnostics/research dealmaking: Medical device financings raised $609 million, the lowest since 2009's opening quarter brought in $521 million. More than half of Q1's total dollars came from VC funding with late-stage rounds garning the most. The largest financing was Mindray Medical's $151 million follow-on offering. Seven private companies involved with biomaterials companies were heavy hitters, together accounting for 14% of Q1 2010's financing dollars. There wasn't much M&A activity with just 10 deals pulling in $1.4 billion, the lowest quarter since Q2 2009's $794 million take, however, four transactions did top the $100 million mark. Financing for the in vitro diagnostics/research segment was also disappointing: only $144 million was raised, less than half of what these industries pulled in during Q4 2009 and was way down from 2009's $522 million opening quarter. Conversely, M&A activity was up. Even without counting Merck KGAA's massive $7 billion-plus takeover of research tools company Millipore Corp., the aggregate of the quarter's seven other M&A's ($729 million) still well exceeded that of the closing quarter of 2009, thanks to multiple deals reaching $100 million or more.
Medical Device

A Boom in Devices for the Hearing Impaired

Competition is spurring innovation in the hearing aid market and providers are excited at the prospect of adopting new products that can improve on existing treatments. The hottest area at the moment is implantable hearing aid devices. It's not a new concept, but it's one that many believe will command a significant share of the market.
Medical Device

Hearing Aids: Innovators Must Change the Channel

Ten percentage of the population in industrialized companies could benefit from hearing aids, and since the market remains 80% unpenetrated, new hearing aid companies and their financial backers see an enormous opportunity. But the hearing industry presents unique challenges compared to other medical device markets; the poor performance of past devices keeps people from buying hearing aids, as does the lack of reimbursement. Profitability is difficult for manufacturers to achieve, because manufacturing of the custom devices doesn't benefit from economies of scale. Finally, small companies have a tough time getting past the gatekeepers of the hearing industry--audiologists who have entrenched relationships with dominant manufacturers. New companies are entering the market with widely different approaches, some based on technology, some based on changing distribution channels. For some, the new approaches have clearly failed; others are embarking on new strategies that have yet to play out.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Medical Devices
    • Implantable Devices
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Otolaryngology
  • Alias(es)
  • InSonus Medical Inc.
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Sonova Holding AG
  • Senior Management
  • Dan Saccani, CFO
    Joe Breeland, VP, Sales
    Igal Ladabaum, VP, R&D
  • Contact Info
  • InSound Medical Inc.
    Phone: (510) 792-4000
    39660 Eureka Dr.
    Newark, CA 94560