Fort Worth Startup Encore Vision to Sell to Pharmaceutical Giant Novartis

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis International is scooping up Fort Worth-based Encore Vision as it aims to introduce the market’s first topical treatment of the eye condition presbyopia.

Novartis, a Swiss public company that raked in $49.4 billion in revenue last year, announced the agreement Tuesday, but did not disclose the financial terms. Full Story

Dallas-Fort Worth Leads Texas in Healthcare Companies on Inc. 5000 List

Eighteen healthcare companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area made Inc. magazine’s annual 5,000 list, which attempts to chronicle the fastest growing private companies in the nation. That’s more healthcare companies than any other metropolitan area in Texas, and shows the variety that exist here: Home health, tech, pharmaceutical, provider networks, staffing centers, and services companies. Full Story

Biotech Company Founded In Fort Worth Bought For $2.7 Billion

ZS Pharma launched at the Tech Fort Worth incubator but relocated to California earlier this year. It went public in 2014, hitting the market with a $100 million initial public offering. Now, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, it’s being snapped up by London company AstraZeneca. The daily reports that investors will get $90 a share. ZS Pharma did its early research at the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and received funding from the state of Texas’ Emerging Technology Fund. Full Story

Fitch: Slow Growth for Healthcare Sector in 2013

Fitch Ratings forecasts low single-digit growth for most companies in the U.S. healthcare sector in 2013, although the ratings agency’s overall outlook for the industry is stable. Its forecast covers pharmaceutical manufacturers, diagnostic and life science companies, healthcare providers, medical device makers, and healthcare services segments of the broader U.S. healthcare industry: Fitch says healthcare shows many positive growth trends—including the country’s aging population and higher rates of chronic disease, growing demand in emerging markets, and new product launches. But these are tempered by weak economic conditions and the looming fiscal cliff. Although Fitch views the Affordable Care Act as a… Full Story

4G Biometrics, Methodist Richardson Among MTBC’s Tech Titans Winners

4G Biometrics and Methodist Richardson Medical Center are among the winners of the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titans awards. UTA’s Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega and UTD’s Robert L. Robb also were among those honored. OneSource Virtual was named the area’s fastest-growing tech company in North Texas, with a revenue growth of 2874% during the past three years. The winners were revealed and celebrated at a gala Friday evening held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. It was the 12th annual program for the MTBC, the largest technology trade association in Texas. “Tech Titans is the premier recognition of innovative… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.27.12)

Texas Woman’s University of Dallas receives $452,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Medical City Children’s Hospital sees a baby boom in June, with births setting a 12-year record. Healthcare.gov launches tool to help consumers determine if their insurer is providing value for premiums under new 80/20 rule. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is examining the “gray market” impact on drug shortages. The Advisory Board Co. releases fun infographic comparing Olympic athletes to average Americans. Plus: Who’s healthiest in a hospital—nurses, physicians, or patients?