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WELL Forms Canadian Clinics Business Unit, Expands Credit Agreement, and Ramps up Clinic Growth

WELL Health Technologies Corp. | July 15, 2022 | Read time : 3 min

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WELL Health Technologies Corp. a practitioner focussed digital health company positively impacting health outcomes by leveraging technology to empower healthcare practitioners and their patients globally, is pleased to announce it has formed a new legal entity called WELL Health Canada Clinics Inc. to house its Canadian omni-channel clinical businesses. These businesses include the Company's previous Primary Care, Allied Care and MyHealth Specialized Care business units.

The Canadian Clinics Business Unit represents WELL's owned and operated fleet of Omni-Channel outpatient clinics leveraging WELL's highly integrated 'hybrid' brick and mortar and virtual service capabilities and includes the Company's primary care, specialized care, allied health, and diagnostics services but does not include the Company's TiaHealth.com service which is part of WELL's Virtual Services division. This business unit supports almost 1,300 healthcare practitioners who provide 1.87 million patient visits annually on a run-rate basis(2);  over 40% of these patients are seen remotely via one of WELL's virtual or telehealth platforms, with the remainder treated in one of WELL's 81 Canadian clinics(3).  This business is also expected to generate revenues exceeding $160 million with double digit operating Adjusted EBITDA(4) margins. Driven by WELL's consolidation and capital allocation efforts, this business has been experiencing organic growth rates approaching double digit percentage growth. The Canadian Clinics business unit is a key pillar in WELL's mission to empower practitioners.

Dr. Michael Frankel, WELL's Chief Medical Officer, said "This consolidation of our Canadian clinics business provides WELL with the proper foundation to become a national health system providing the very best in highly integrated 'bricks and clicks' care.  We are excited to provide healthcare practitioners with a compelling home where they are supported with exceptional front and back-office support and technology solutions so they can provide critical care to their patients.  We intend on further developing our services from coast to coast." 

WELL will look to continue its consolidation and modernization of healthcare resources in Canada powered by its organic growth and with the help of its funding partners RBC, the Bank of Montreal, HSBC Bank Canada, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, ICICI Bank Canada and Laurentian Bank of Canada (collectively the "Lenders").  RBC is the Lead Arranger, Sole Bookrunner, and Administrative Agent on the financing.  The Lenders have amended previous MyHealth credit facilities to include the newly formed Canadian Clinics Business Unit, as well as provided an extension of their credit commitments for an incremental year, extending the maturity to June 2026.  The facilities are currently priced at an interest rate which is equivalent to SOFR/CDOR plus 1.25% to 3.25%(5), depending on the debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of the consolidated results for the Canadian Clinics Business Unit.

WELL's goal is to continue to grow Canada's largest network of outpatient clinics using a combination of greenfield sites and new acquisitions.  WELL is pleased to confirm that it has added a primary care clinic in Vancouver to its network and a new greenfield haemorrhoid treatment center in Hamilton, Ontario. The Company's combined investment to add these two clinics to the network is less than $100k. The combined annual revenues of the two clinics are expected to exceed $2 million in their first year under WELL and be profitable. The Company's recently announced acquisition of Calgary based InLiv, a premium provider of healthcare services in the Province of Alberta, will also be part of the Canadian Clinics Business Unit upon closing and is expected to exceed $7 million per year in revenues with 85% of such revenue reflecting recurring membership revenue.

"We are thrilled to have the continued support of our banking partners and to announce the amendments to our existing Canadian credit facilities. Our ability to expand our Canadian credit agreement with favourable terms in the present challenging macroeconomic environment is not only a testament to the fantastic support we are receiving from our banking partners but also the strength of WELL's outpatient clinic business.  The updated credit facilities allow us to more efficiently deploy capital towards our strategic priorities and generate more shareholder value by improving our revenue and Adjusted EBITDA per share metrics."

Hamed Shahbazi, CEO and Founder of WELL

WELL's objective is to continue to grow its Canadian Clinics Business Unit both organically and inorganically and continue to demonstrate market leadership as the country's first pan-Canadian clinical network with a highly integrated network of tech-enabled outpatient healthcare clinics across the country.

About WELL Health Technologies Corp.
WELL is a practitioner focused digital healthcare company whose overarching objective is to positively impact health outcomes to empower and support healthcare practitioners and their patients. WELL has built an innovative practitioner enablement platform that includes comprehensive end to end practice management tools inclusive of virtual care and digital patient engagement capabilities as well as Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) and data protection services. WELL uses this platform to power healthcare practitioners both inside and outside of WELL's own omni-channel patient services offerings. As such, WELL owns and operates Canada's largest network of outpatient medical clinics serving primary and specialized healthcare services and is the provider of a leading multi-national, multi-disciplinary telehealth offering. WELL is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WELL" and on OTCQX under the symbol "WHTCF". 

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Azenta Announces Agreement to Acquire B Medical Systems

Azenta, Inc. | August 09, 2022

Azenta, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire B Medical Systems S.á r.l and its subsidiaries a market leader in temperature-controlled storage and transportation solutions that enables the delivery of life-saving treatments across the globe. The cash purchase price to be paid at closing will be approximately €410 million. Additional cash consideration, up to €50 million, may be paid upon achievement of certain future performance milestones. The transaction is expected to close in October 2022. B Medical is headquartered in Hosingen, Luxembourg and is one of the leading vaccine cold chain providers serving primarily fast-growing emerging markets, which require secure and reliable temperature-controlled storage and transport solutions. The portfolio includes vaccine transport systems with real-time monitoring solutions, medical refrigeration for ambient to -86°C temperatures, and blood management solutions. B Medical has an installed base of more than 500,000 units spanning approximately 150 countries across the globe. The Luxembourg headquarters includes a state-of-the-art, highly automated manufacturing facility. This acquisition complements Azenta's cold chain capabilities, adding differentiated solutions for reliable and traceable transport of temperature-sensitive specimens. "We are excited to add B Medical into our growing portfolio of offerings. B Medical has done an outstanding job carving out a strong market position in the vaccine cold chain, and we see a breadth of opportunities to drive even further value from the portfolio by leveraging the Azenta platform." Steve Schwartz, President and CEO of Azenta B Medical CEO, Luc Provost, who has been with the company for over 20 years, and Jesal Doshi, Deputy CEO since 2015, are expected to join Azenta and continue to lead the business. Mr. Provost commented, "We are excited to join the Azenta team as we combine our capabilities and expertise in cold chain solutions to drive the next leg of growth. Together, I look forward to continuing our mission to create technology that helps save lives across the world." B Medical generated approximately €109 million in revenue over the past twelve months ending June 30, 2022. Management expects the acquisition to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2023 and accretive to GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2024. About B Medical Systems B Medical is a global manufacturer and distributor of cold chain solutions. Based in Hosingen, Luxembourg, the company was founded in 1979, when the World Health Organization (WHO) approached Electrolux to provide a solution to safely store and transport vaccines around the world. The three major business portfolios include Vaccine Cold Chain, Medical Refrigeration, and Blood Management solutions. Notable products include vaccine transport systems (ice-lined and solar direct drive) with remote temperature monitoring devices, laboratory refrigerators, ultra-low freezers, contact-shock freezers, and transport solutions. B Medical Systems' products are used in approximately 150 countries and have an installed base of more than half a million products across the world. About Azenta Life Sciences Azenta, Inc. is a leading provider of life sciences solutions worldwide, enabling impactful breakthroughs and therapies to market faster. Azenta provides a full suite of reliable cold-chain sample management solutions and genomic services across areas such as drug development, clinical research and advanced cell therapies for the industry's top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic and healthcare institutions globally. As of December 1st, the company changed its name and ticker to Azenta, Inc.from Brooks Automation, Inc.

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Prospection partners with leading Japanese healthcare data provider Medical Data Vision to improve treatment access for patients

Prospection | September 06, 2022

Health analytics pioneer, Prospection has announced a unique global data access agreement with leading Japanese medical data company Medical Data Vision Co., Ltd. to accelerate healthcare analytics globally. The agreement, covering the world's second largest pharmaceutical market, will provide global pharmaceutical companies and researchers access to comprehensive and longitudinal data covering more than 40 million people in Japan at more than 470 hospitals. Combining predictive analytics and machine learning with real-world healthcare data, Prospection's agreement with MDV will provide pharmaceutical companies across the world with unique access to patient diagnostic and medication data from hospitals across Japan, unlocking potential to assess an unlimited number of treatment programs in the region. The agreement also enables access to patient history and prefecture level data, allowing analysis of disease progression, disease outcomes and the mapping of disease courses to provide evidence on areas where development can address unmet needs. When distilled further, this creates an opportunity to assess patient data on a regional level to find geographical areas where patients or health centres require additional support for specific disease and conditions. Prospection's access to Japan's most comprehensive medical data sets is a significant milestone for the company. Prospection currently provides real-time access to longitudinal patient data across 15 regions globally including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, USA and the UK. The company's latest announcement with Medical Data Vision will build on this work, providing Prospection with access to one of Japan's largest healthcare databases. "We are delighted to announce our latest agreement with Medical Data Vision. This partnership demonstrates a shared commitment to improving patient outcomes and marks a significant milestone in Prospection's mission to deliver real community benefits to patients across the globe. "As one of the largest pharmaceutical markets in the world, Japan has incredibly rich datasets. Working with Medical Data Vision gives us the opportunity to access a dataset of approximately 40 million patients, creating a unique opportunity to use advanced analytic tools to accelerate precision medicine to enable the right patient to receive the right treatment at the right time in their journey. "The outcomes of this partnership will play a key role in understanding the full cycle of patient health conditions and disease journeys in areas including immuno-oncology, immune disorders, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions allowing researchers and pharmaceutical companies globally to better understand the different patient characteristics, treatments and respective outcomes." Eric Chung, CEO and Co-founder, Prospection "We are very excited to be working with MDV in our latest data access agreement. Combining MDV's large and comprehensive dataset with Prospections global reach and extensive expertise working with datasets across the world will not only allow MNC pharmaceutical companies to work with patient data from Japan, but will also open a broader understanding of different health conditions across the world. This agreement brings us one step closer to enhancing precision medicine to find the 40% of patients that can be optimised." About Prospection Prospection is a pioneer in health data analytics technology. We are on a mission to make advancements to precision medicine through real world evidence, with an aim to put the right patient on the right treatment at the right time. Applying advanced ML algorithms to real-world data we unearth health journey and treatment insights by analysing longitudinal data for hundreds of millions of patients to see how drug treatments are used after the clinical trial. Delivering actionable real-world evidence that enables better outcomes for patients, across the world. Prospection is guided by credentialled experts and innovative leaders within their respective fields. Globally, we work with over 15 large health data sets applying our expertise to examine health patterns. Working with government and researchers through to our core client base in the pharma/biopharmaceutical industry, we have delivered insights across more than 90 therapeutic indications. Including rare and complex diseases such as oncology, immuno-oncology, virology, metabolic conditions, respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Prospection is backed by investors including Ellerston, Horizons Ventures and Main Sequence, and commercially with CRO Novotech. About Medical Data Vision (MDV) MDV is an accumulation of anonymously processed data with secondary usage permission from medical institutions. The actual number of patients in the "hospital data" centered on the acute phase is 40.42 million. In addition, by holding data from the health insurance association, data on the recovery period and chronic period has been enhanced, and in addition to information by hospital/clinic, it has become possible to track information on transfer destinations. "Health insurance data" was 7.84 million people (same).

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Cardinal Health Announces Governance Enhancements and Shareholder Value Creation Initiatives

Cardinal Health | September 07, 2022

Cardinal Health announced initiatives aimed at positioning the Company for long-term success, building on Cardinal Health's previously announced growth plans. These initiatives have benefited from input received from Elliott Investment Management L.P. In connection with these initiatives, Elliott has also entered into a cooperation agreement with Cardinal Health, and Elliott's Steven Barg will join the Company's Board of Directors. As part of Cardinal Health's ongoing commitment to Board refreshment and the initiatives announced today, the Governance and Sustainability Committee of the Board has recommended and the Board has approved the appointment of four new independent directors: Steven Barg, Michelle Brennan, Sujatha Chandrasekaran and Christine Mundkur. With these immediate appointments, Cardinal Health's Board will be made up of 15 Directors, 14 of whom are independent under the Company's director independence standards. Two existing Directors – Dean Scarborough and John Weiland – have announced their intentions to conclude their Board service at the end of their previously elected terms this fall and will not stand for re-election at Cardinal Health's 2022 Annual Meeting, resulting in a 13-member Board. Following the Annual Meeting, Cardinal Health's Board will consist of 54% women and 23% racially or ethnically diverse individuals. Cardinal Health's Board has also formed a new Board committee, the Business Review Committee, to support a comprehensive review of the Company's strategy, portfolio, capital-allocation framework, and operations with the goal of maximizing Cardinal Health's potential for the benefit of all stakeholders. The Business Review Committee will be chaired by Chief Executive Officer Jason Hollar; Mr. Barg and Akhil Johri will also serve on the Committee. The Committee, with the assistance of the Company's legal and financial advisors, will make recommendations to the full Board. The Company expects to conduct an investor day in the first half of calendar 2023 to share the Board's conclusions and to provide additional guidance. "We'd like to thank Dean and John for their service to the Board. We're grateful for their leadership and contributions and wish them both the very best. We're pleased to welcome Steven, Michelle, Sujatha and Christine to the Board and believe the Company and our many stakeholders will benefit from their mix of experience, skills and leadership. We are also pleased with Elliott's confidence in, and commitment to, the go-forward long-term potential of Cardinal Health. Our Board looks forward to receiving the recommendations of the Business Review Committee and updating the market in due course, as Jason and his leadership team chart a path to deliver upon our mission for our customers and employees and drive value creation for our shareholders." Gregory Kenny, Independent Chairman of the Board of Cardinal Health "Cardinal Health's leadership team is focused on creating value for all our stakeholders, and the newly initiated Business Review Committee, as well as the new expertise and experience being added to our Board, are critical steps in this process," said Mr. Hollar, Cardinal Health's Chief Executive Officer. "I look forward to working with the Board, including our four new directors, to optimize our strategy, structure, and operations as we position Cardinal Health for long-term success." Elliott Senior Portfolio Manager Marc Steinberg said, "Our discussions with Jason and the Board have been positive and productive, and we are pleased to have worked collaboratively to reach this agreement. Cardinal Health plays a mission-critical, market-leading role in the global healthcare system, and we have been encouraged by the Company's openness to taking actions necessary to ensuring that Cardinal Health realizes its full potential. We are confident that the initiatives announced today will drive meaningful shareholder value creation, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Company." Michelle Brennan is Chair of Connect Healthcare Council for Pioneering Collective and serves on the Board of Coupa Software. Ms. Brennan spent more than 30 years at Johnson & Johnson, a leader in the field of medical devices, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods, where she focused on driving growth, optimization and business transformation across diverse businesses and geographies. 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Ms. Chandrasekaran has a strong track record of delivering significant value to customers and organizations by leading global technology, supply chain and digital transformation initiatives. In 2022, Ms. Chandrasekaran was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare. She was previously a Director of Symphony Technology Group and a Director of Barry Callebaut AG as well as a Member of Advisory Board at Atmio Inc. Ms. Chandrasekaran holds an Executive Development Education Certificate from London Business School; a Master of Business Systems/M.B.A. from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; and a B.Eng. from the University of Madras, India. Christine Mundkur most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and Non-Voting Chairman of the Board of Directors for Impopharma Inc, a developer of complex formulations focused on inhalation pharmaceutical products. Ms. Mundkur currently serves on the Boards of Lupin Limited and MannKind Corporation. While at Impopharma, she led the transition of the company from a successful clinical research organization into a generic pharmaceutical inhalation development company. She also held leadership positions as President and Chief Executive Officer for North America for Sandoz, Inc. Earlier, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Barr Laboratories, Inc. Ms. Mundkur started her career at Barr as quality and regulatory counsel. In addition, she served as a strategic advisor to clients on generics, 505(b)2, biosimilars and NDA business strategies. Ms. Mundkur holds a J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law and a B.S. from St. Louis University. About Cardinal Health Cardinal Health is a distributor of pharmaceuticals, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data solutions for health care facilities. 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Base Business Solutions and Uniphore Partner to Bring Emerging Technology to Vietnam’s CX Industry

Uniphore | September 12, 2022

Base Business Solutions a leading provider of cloud and hosted customer experience and contact center solutions in Vietnam announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Uniphore, the leader in Conversational AI and Automation. Through this partnership, BaseBS will be well positioned to enhance customer experiences, improve employee performance, and better understand customer insights to achieve superior business outcomes. As part of the agreement, BaseBS will offer customers Conversational AI and Automation capabilities across their initiatives around self-service and assisted service channels. Uniphore’s X platform is an integrated conversational AI and automation platform that combines automatic speech recognition (ASR) including the Vietnamese language, natural language processing (NLP), robotic process automation (RPA), emotion AI and knowledge AI that enterprises need in today’s tech-savvy customer era. These technology components translate into specific offerings for customers in the form of chatbots, voice bots, conversational analytics for quality automation, and customer analysis and agent guidance in real-time. The partnership will have far-reaching benefits for customers, employees, and organizations that will impact not only how they do business today as they continue to adjust to the current global situation, but also in the long term. Benefits include Personalized automated resolutions for customers thus bringing in time to value through Uniphore’s U Self Serve product Contact center employee productivity and efficiency will see a boost through U-Assist, a Uniphore product that can guide agents in real-time with in-call alerts, next-best-action and reduce their after-call work Businesses will be able to make data-driven decisions with smarter conversational analytics. Through Uniphore’s U Analyze solution, businesses can transform CX by analysing conversations from across platforms including voice, email, and text to increase effectiveness with omnichannel support and an integrated view of conversations to discover customers' intent and sentiments “BaseBS is extremely pleased to partner with Uniphore on our journey to bring emerging technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation to the CX industry in Vietnam. 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