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Focal Inc.

Division of Sanofi

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Biomaterials: How Compelling is the Opportunity?

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Focal Seals its Fate

Investors in biomedical stocks are a tough crowd. They want to see current revenue streams and a pipeline of large-market products. Unfortunately, surgical sealant developer Focal Inc. provided neither to a sufficient degree. In early May, Focal agreed to merge into Genzyme Biosurgery in a stock swap transaction. The modest purchase price of $12 million bears witness to the fact that Focal simply did not do a good job of making the transition from a technology developer to a product manufacturer, at least not in the timeframe of investors.
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Genzyme Muscles Into Heart Surgery

Genzyme Surgical is intent on making a name for itself in cardiac surgery, and banking on a hybrid strategy to distinguish itself from giant competitors like Medtronic and Guidant. Its plan is to combine traditional surgical instruments, from which it expects to derive most of its near-term growth, with longer-term plays in biomaterials and biotherapeutics, a strategy it calls biosurgery. As a tracking stock of Genzyme Corp., it has the advantage of being able to tap into Genzyme's deep expertise in gene and cell therapies in order to develop therapies for severe heart failure. But as it puts in place a diverse portfolio of expertise, it runs the risk of spreading itself too thin. Moreover, it faces skepticism from Wall Street and criticism that it doesn't have the critical mass to be a player in the fastest growing area of cardiac surgery--minimally invasive beating heart surgery, where it is trying to make inroads. Genzyme Surgical executives say that it is forging a new path in a field rife with tradition and that ultimately it will have more to offer cardiac surgeons than its competitors--moreover, it is not reliant upon the success of any one product.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Devices
    • Surgical Equipment & Devices
      • Surgical Sealants
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Sanofi
  • Senior Management
  • Ronald Rudowsky , Pres. & CEO
    W. B Smith, VP, Fin. & CFO
    Robert J DePasqua, Chmn.
    Glenn M Kazo, VP, Corp. Dev.
  • Contact Info
  • Focal Inc.
    Phone: (781) 280-7800
    4 Maguire Rd.
    Lexington, MA 02421-3105