ATLANTA, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CryoLife, Inc. , an implantable biological medical device and cardiovascular tissue processing company, announced today that it has sent the following letter to Medafor's Board of Directors:
Michael F. Pasquale, Chairman of the Board
As Medafor's largest shareholder, CryoLife is deeply concerned about the rationale for and transparency surrounding Medafor's recent agreement with Magle Life Sciences announced on March 12, 2010.
CryoLife has attempted in earnest for over the past 16 months to engage Medafor in friendly, good faith negotiations to arrive at a transaction that would enable HemoStase and related products to reach their full potential, and create value for Medafor and CryoLife shareholders. Unfortunately, every attempt we have made to create value for Medafor shareholders has been frustrated by a value-destructive action or response from Medafor's management and board.
We believe the dilutive share issuance to Magle was undertaken for the sole purpose of diluting CryoLife's holdings and therefore making any subsequent action to acquire Medafor significantly less likely to succeed. Unfortunately, this share issuance is clearly harmful to all Medafor shareholders, and further demonstrates the lengths to which Medafor's management and board will go in order to entrench themselves and preserve their excessive compensation.
In the event that you fail to provide your shareholders with adequate information regarding the Magle transaction and we withdraw our proposal for the reasons discussed above, we will remain Medafor's largest shareholder, and we intend to pursue all actions necessary to preserve the value of our investment, including the exercise of our right to call a special meeting of shareholders or pursue litigation in defense of our rights.
Steven G. Anderson
President, CEO and Chairman of the Board
This letter is provided for informational purposes only and is not an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of offers to sell shares of Medafor or CryoLife. Subject to future developments, CryoLife may file a registration statement and/or tender offer documents and/or proxy statement with the SEC in connection with the proposed combination. Shareholders should read those filings, and any other filings made by CryoLife with the SEC in connection with the combination, as they will contain important information. Those documents, if and when filed, as well as CryoLife's other public filings with the SEC, may be obtained without charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and at CryoLife's website at www.cryolife.com.
Founded in 1984, CryoLife, Inc. is a leader in the processing and distribution of implantable living human tissues for use in cardiac and vascular surgeries throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Company's CryoValve((R)) SG pulmonary heart valve, processed using CryoLife's proprietary SynerGraft((R)) technology, has FDA 510(k) clearance for the replacement of diseased, damaged, malformed, or malfunctioning native or prosthetic pulmonary valves. The Company's CryoPatch((R)) SG pulmonary cardiac patch has FDA 510(k) clearance for the repair or reconstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT), which is a surgery commonly performed in children with congenital heart defects, such as Tetralogy of Fallot, Truncus Arteriosus, and Pulmonary Atresia. CryoPatch SG is distributed in three anatomic configurations: pulmonary hemi-artery, pulmonary trunk, and pulmonary branch. The Company's BioGlue((R)) Surgical Adhesive is FDA approved as an adjunct to sutures and staples for use in adult patients in open surgical repair of large vessels. BioGlue is also CE marked in the European Community and approved in Canada and Australia for use in soft tissue repair. The Company's BioFoam(TM) Surgical Matrix is CE marked in the European Community for use as an adjunct in the sealing of abdominal parenchymal tissues (liver and spleen) when cessation of bleeding by ligature or other conventional methods is ineffective or impractical. BIOGLUE Aesthetic((R)) Medical Adhesive is CE marked in the European Community for periosteal fixation following endoscopic browplasty (brow lift) in reconstructive plastic surgery and is distributed by a third party for this indication. CryoLife distributes HemoStase((R)), a hemostatic agent, in much of the U.S. for use in cardiac and vascular surgery and in many international markets for cardiac, vascular, and general surgery, subject to certain exclusions.
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