Varian Expands Cancer Care Solutions Portfolio with Interventional Oncology Acquisitions


PALO ALTO, Calif., June 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian, (NYSE: VAR) today announced it has acquired Austin, Texas-based Endocare and Hangzhou, China-based, Alicon, to expand its portfolio of multidisciplinary integrated cancer care solutions. Endocare is a leading provider of hardware and software solutions supporting cryoablation and microwave ablation, and Alicon, a leader in embolic therapy for treating liver cancer in China.  

These acquisitions provide Varian with a leading position in the high-value interventional oncology segment, which is expected to grow from approximately $860 million in 2019 to over $1 billion in 20221. Varian will leverage the existing product portfolios of both companies as well as the active R&D programs powered by teams in Austin and Hangzhou. Consistent with Varian's vision of a world without fear of cancer and increased global access to advanced cancer care, these acquisitions will allow the combined organization to develop innovations in interventional oncology and provide patients and customers with a wider range of cancer care solutions delivered through Varian's proven global platform.

"Together, our acquisitions of Endocare and Alicon are an important step in Varian's long-term strategy to become a global leader in multidisciplinary, integrated cancer solutions," said Dow Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Varian. "We are confident that the portfolio of products and both companies' dynamic R&D pipelines will unlock new growth for Varian and expand our clinical partners' treatment options in the years to come. Varian is uniquely positioned to create an interventional oncology platform that combines software and services for treatment planning with advanced interventional treatment delivery."

"We are excited about the opportunity to join Varian," said David Chen, chief executive officer of Endocare and Alicon. "Endocare, Alicon, and Varian share a common goal of delivering innovative cancer care solutions, and this transaction will advance a united ability to develop the solutions necessary to achieve that goal. On a personal note, I am deeply proud of the products the Endocare and Alicon teams have developed, and I look forward to expanding our global patient impact together with Varian."

Endocare's lead product is the Cryocare CS System, a fully integrated planning, placement, and treatment system designed to simplify cryotherapy. Cryoablation therapy is a specialized type of cryotherapy for the minimally invasive treatment of a wide range of cancers, including the prostate, kidney, and lung as well as liver metastases and palliative intervention.

Alicon's lead product is Caligel, which are calibrated resorbable gelform particles commonly used as an embolic agent in China for treating liver cancer. Alicon has an integrated R&D, manufacturing and commercialization infrastructure, with over 1,000 major hospitals in China using the Alicon solution to treat 200,000 patients annually.

Transaction and Financial Details

Varian is financing the $185 million purchase price using cash and proceeds from borrowings.

Endocare and Alicon generated combined revenue of $30 million in calendar 2018. Varian expects the aggregate of these transactions to have an immaterial impact on fiscal year 2019 financial results, and the combined interventional oncology platform to be accretive to GAAP and Non-GAAP earnings per share in fiscal 2020.

Conference Call

Varian will hold a teleconference on June 11 at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the acquisition. To access the live webcast or replay of the call, visit the Investor Relations page on our website at To join via phone, dial 1-877-407-9708 inside the U.S. and 1-201-689-8259 outside the U.S. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-877-660-6853 from inside the U.S. or 1-201-612-7415 from outside the U.S. and entering conference ID 13691635. The teleconference replay will be available through 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, July 11, 2019.

About Varian

Varian is a leader in developing and delivering cancer care solutions and is focused on creating a world without fear of cancer. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Varian employs approximately 7,000 people around the world. For more information, visit and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.

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