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Pfizer Australia Announces Deal to Acquire ResApp Health

| Christopher L. Lewis

ResApp Health recently announced its planned sale to Pfizer Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.  Pfizer agrees it would acquire 100% of the shares for AUD $0.115 / share, for a total equity value of approximately AUD $100 million.  ResApp directors announced a unanimous recommendation to sell, and their intent to vote their own shares accordingly.  A shareholder vote is scheduled for June.

ResApp Health develops point of care diagnostics for telehealth that integrate with existing platforms.  Their algorithms can diagnose disease from sounds.  For example, one platform reportedly diagnoses respiratory problems based on the sound of a patient’s cough or breathing, and no physical contact is required.

The companies will also enter a Research & Development License Agreement to collaborate on products in the field of COVID-19.

In a statement, Pfizer Australia’s Lidia Fonseca stated that “this proposed acquisition and research collaboration add to our growing digital capabilities and bolster our efforts to pave a new era for digital health.”  ResApp CEO Tony Keating expressed excitement, stating “the material premium and certainty of an all cash consideration is an attractive outcome for our shareholders.”

This acquisition would be the second for Pfizer this year.  Earlier, it acquired ReViral, the developer of therapeutics for respiratory viruses, for $525 million.