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BICO acquires Advanced BioMatrix for $15M

Sixth acquisition focuses on market leading portfolio of bioinks and reagents

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Bio-convergence company BICO has acquired all outstanding shares in Advanced BioMatrix Corp, an American company focusing on 3D research applications. The company’s portfolio includes collagen bioinks, high purity extracellular matrix proteins, chemically modified proteins, and polysaccharides, and other reagents and cell assays, sold to research institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The company has a particularly strong position in reagents and in producing high-quality collagen and collagen inks intended for 3D bioprinting.

A week after its bio-convergence reorganization and rebrand from Cellink, BICO completed its 6th acquisition in the last year for $15 million, in a move that will ensure its market-leading status in 3D bioinks and reagents. In the short term, this will allow for more accurate and ethical testing of drugs and cosmetics on 3D printed cell models. In the long term, it has the potential to be able to replace skin grafts and other organ transplants.

bio-convergence: BIO and Advanced BIoMatrix

BICO has acquired all outstanding shares in Advanced BioMatrix for a purchase price on a cash and debt-free basis of approximately $15 million, provided that the working capital upon completion of the transaction corresponds to the normalized working capital. The sellers may also receive a maximum additional earn-out of $3 million in cash based on milestones over a three-year period.

Advanced BioMatrix was founded in 2008 and is based in San Diego, California, US. Combining with the BICO Group, its innovative offerings ensures a market-leading product portfolio in bioinks and reagents. Together the companies can also develop innovative application offerings to meet customers’ future needs and demands, which also shows the strength of BICO’s business model.

Advanced BioMatrix also has a broad portfolio of products for 3D applications including cell cultivation, cell assays, and bioprinting, as well as a strong tradition of innovation with an ambitious R&D agenda. The company’s international customer base consists mainly of leading pharmaceutical companies and research institutions. The company’s products are used, for example, in advanced research in the development of new drugs or 3D bioprinted tissue models. The company, like BICO, has a strong focus on IP.

bio-convergence: BIO and Advanced BIoMatrix
Advanced BioMatrix’s collagen hydrogel

“Together with Advanced BioMatrix, we create the market’s leading offering in bioinks and reagents. This means that we further strengthen our position in the area, and we can continue to develop innovative consumables that our customers benefit from throughout their customer journey. Combining technical expertise between the BICO Group and Advanced BioMatrix also enables faster development of innovative biomaterials for various bioprinting applications. Together, we will develop and offer innovative products that over time will lead to us being able to together solve the major health challenges we face” said Erik Gatenholm, CEO, BICO.

Advanced BioMatrix will, post-transaction, remain under the current legal entity and management as a subsidiary of CELLINK Bioprinting and become part of the Bioprinting business area within the overall BICO bio-convergence structure. It will be integrated in the financial reporting as of August 2021. The company obtained approximately USD 3 million, with an adjusted EBITDA margin of around 50% in their latest fiscal year.

“Advanced BioMatrix is ready for the next step in our growth and together with the BICO Group, we are ready to deliver the market’s leading product portfolio of bioinks and reagents to our customers. We look forward to getting to know new colleagues, collaborators, and customers. We are excited to explore the potential that exists regarding synergies and sales opportunities within the Group” said David Bagley, President, Advanced BioMatrix.

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Andrea has always loved reading and writing. He started working in an editorial office as a sports journalist in 2008, then the passion for journalism and for the world of communication in general, allowed him to greatly expand his interests, leading to several years of collaborations with several popular online newspapers. Andrea then approached 3D printing, impressed by the great potential of this new technology, which day after the day pushed him to learn more and more about what he considers a real revolution that will soon be felt in many fields of our daily life.

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