Monday, October 20, 2008

Omrix Q3 revenue beats Wall Street view

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Biopharmaceutical company Omrix Biopharmaceuticals Inc reported a 35 percent rise in its third-quarter revenue, beating analysts' average estimate, and raised its full-year product sales outlook.
The company reported preliminary quarterly revenue of $21.3 million, compared with $15.8 million a year earlier. Analysts on average expect the company to post a revenue of $19.1 million, according to Reuters Estimates.
Omrix sees 2008 product sales of $70 million to $72 million, up from its prior forecast of $68 million to $71 million.
The company reaffirmed that it expects its biosurgery product sales in 2008 to increase about 75 percent from a year ago.
The company said its product sales guidance is partly based on the current biosurgery sales outlook provided by Ethicon Inc, a unit of Johnson & Johnson.
Ethicon has exclusive sales and marketing rights to Omrix's biosurgical products in the United States and the European Union.
Omrix shares closed at $14.48 on Friday on Nasdaq.

New Cardiology Agreement for Abbott

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct 09, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced new agreements for hemostasis and compression products for use in cardiology with Abbott Laboratories, Inc. of Abbott Park, Ill., and TZ Medical, Inc. of Portland, Ore.
The 36-month agreements, effective November 1, 2008, are available to acute and continuum of care members of the Premier healthcare alliance.
About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 53,000-plus other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit

Cohera Medical Wins Pittsburgh Technology Council's 2008 Tech 50 Rising Star Award

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Cohera Medical Inc. today announced that it has received the Pittsburgh Technology Council's 2008 Tech 50 Rising Star Award. The Tech 50 Awards recognize accomplished technology-oriented companies in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Rising Star award is given to a young (less than three years old) entrepreneurial company that offers the most unique products or services among the contending companies and shows promise of becoming a significant economic force in the area. "We are extremely pleased that Cohera Medical's tissue adhesive technology has been recognized for its innovation and economic potential,"said Patrick Daly, chief executive officer of Cohera Medical. "TissuGlu(R),our lead product candidate for use in securing planes of tissue in plastic surgery procedures, is a truly novel product candidate that shows significant potential for improving clinical outcomes and patient care. We also look forward to developing our surgical adhesive technology for otherproducts as well."
About Cohera Medical Cohera Medical Inc. is a Pittsburgh-based company that is developing are volutionary line of wound management products and surgical adhesives.Cohera Medical's products are based on a unique chemical design that is purely synthetic, easy to use, biocompatible and fully resorbable. The company's lead product in development, TissuGlu, is a sprayable bonding agent for plastic surgery procedures. TissuGlu adheres flaps of tissue after surgical procedures, eliminating the spaces where fluid accumulates and reducing wound drainage. Cohera Medical is also developing surgical adhesives targeting mesh fixation and small bone fixation, which will fill similar market needs in both orthopedics and general surgery. For more information, visit TissuGlu and the other Cohera products have not yet been approved for medical use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. or by any other country's regulatory authority.