Company Intends to Dramatically Expand Product Offerings into Bioelectronic Treatment of Nausea
CEO to Host Investor Call/Webcast on Wednesday, October 19th at 1:30 PM PT / 4:30 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO - Tivic Health® Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVC) ("Tivic Health"), a commercial-phase health technology company focused on bioelectronic medicine, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Reliefband product line for nausea treatment and all related assets from Reliefband Technologies, LLC.
Reliefband has been an innovator in wearable, FDA-cleared electronic therapeutics for treatment of nausea and vomiting. Reliefband has multiple products available both over-the-counter and by prescription.
"We are incredibly excited to add the full suite of Reliefband products to our commercial portfolio," said Jennifer Ernst, CEO of Tivic Health. "The Reliefband team successfully pioneered a direct-to-consumer business model for medical products. This acquisition, when combined with our growing direct-to-consumer sales of ClearUP, will significantly accelerate Tivic's revenue opportunities."
Recurring nausea impacts approximately 1 in 6 US adults. According to QY Research, nausea treatment is a $2.4B market in the US and $5.5B globally, growing at 6.5% CAGR.
Reliefband's wrist-worn electronic nerve stimulators have been FDA-cleared for treatment of nausea associated with seven independent clinical indications, including nausea from motion sickness, pregnancy, migraines, anxiety, chemotherapy, various medications and hangovers.
The patented products are backed by 40 peer-reviewed clinical studies and have generated over 3500 Amazon reviews averaging 4+ stars.
Both Reliefband and ClearUP products offer consumers ways to manage health-related conditions without the issues and side effects often associated with medication use. Both are FDA-cleared, highly effective, fast-acting, convenient, and drug-free. Both currently are sold primarily online, and both have received CE Marks allowing international expansion.
In addition to the Reliefband direct-to-consumer branded products, Tivic will also acquire Reliefband's Reletex-branded prescription nausea treatments. Reletex products are currently distributed by hospitals and medical professionals and are reimbursed under HCPCS code E0765 for certain conditions.
"We look forward to growing Tivic with the addition of clinically proven, revenue-producing bioelectronic products that have seen strong customer adoption and growth," continued Ernst.
Consideration to be provided by Tivic consists of up to $33.5 million, of which up to $1.5 million can be paid, at the election of Tivic, in restricted common stock of Tivic. Consideration is subject to working capital adjustments, less Reliefband transaction expenses and any indebtedness of Reliefband at closing.
The transaction is expected to be consummated in the fourth quarter of 2022 or first quarter of 2023 after the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including but not limited to securing the financing necessary to pay the purchase price. Additional information on the transaction can be found in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Tivic with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Jennifer Ernst, CEO of Tivic Health, will host an investor conference call/webcast on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 1:30 PM PT / 4:30 PM ET.
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Tivic Health Systems, Inc. is a commercial-phase health technology company delivering non-invasive bioelectronic treatments that provide consumers with a choice in the treatment of inflammation and immune-related conditions. For more information visit https://tivichealth.com @TivicHealth.
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