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Water Street Healthcare Partners Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Sierra Scientific Instruments to Given Imaging
Date:3/21/2010

John Arnott, who was recruited by Water Street to lead Alpine Biomed and currently serves as chairman of Sierra Scientific, added: "It has been rewarding to play a lead role in building this organization into the market leader.  The fact that Given Imaging approached us about buying Sierra Scientific to further enhance its GI solutions affirms our success in creating a company of significant value.  Sierra Scientific's customers and employees will prosper from becoming part of Given Imaging's global network of resources and broad range of GI solutions."

Water Street's agreement to sell Sierra Scientific to Given Imaging culminates the firm's first investment in the specialty diagnostic market in 2007 when it acquired majority ownership in Alpine Biomed.  Water Street subsequently facilitated three acquisitions, including a product line from Medtronic, Inc., to build Alpine Biomed into a specialty diagnostic device leader serving the gastroenterology and neurology clinical markets.  Simultaneous to merging Alpine Biomed's gastrodiagnostic division with Sierra Scientific in 2009, Water Street sold the neurodiagnostic division to Natus Medical for $43.2 million.  

"We are pleased that two highly regarded industry leaders valued the businesses that we helped build through our original investment in Alpine Biomed.  When we acquired Alpine Biomed three years ago, our vision was to build a specialty diagnostic leader.  We leveraged our team's deep health ca
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