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Gerbsman Partners has been retained by Uptake Medical, Inc. to solicit interest for the acquisition of all, or substantially all, Uptake Medical Corp’s (“Uptake”) assets.

Headquartered in Tustin, California,Uptake is a leader in developing bronchoscopic thermal ablation for the treatment of emphysema.

Please see attached the detail Uptake Sales Letter pdf, Exhibit A – Uptake NDA, Exhibit B – IP Summary and Uptake Medical Company Overview.

Uptake Medical Company Profile
Founded in 2005 in Seattle, Washington,Uptake is a private, revenue stage medical device company. Over the past 10 years, Uptake has raised approximately $75mm in equity and debt from blue-chip global private equity and venture capital investors including Affinity Capital, Arboretum Ventures, Crescent Group, GBS Venture Partners, Maverick, Onset Ventures and WRF Capital.

Uptake is a leader in developing innovative, therapeutic bronchoscopic devices to treat advanced heterogeneous emphysema and lung cancer.

Uptake’s InterVapor system is for patients whose lungs are hyperinflated due to emphysematous destruction. By targeting and ablating the most diseased lung segments, space is opened up for the healthier segments to expand and improve the overall lung function and quality of life.


The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to Uptake Medical’s Assets has been supplied by Uptake. It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or their respective agents.

Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.

Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of Uptake’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise.

Any sale of the Uptake Medical Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either express or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of Uptake Medical and Gerbsman Partners. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Uptake and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the Uptake Medical Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent. This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the non-disclosure agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.

Uptake believes its assets are attractive for a number of reasons:

1. Uptake’s Intellectual Property, comprising 8 issued US patents, 7 pending US patent applications, 19 issued international patents and 9 international pending patent applications, and exclusive license of 23 patents and 14 applications, covers all aspects of steam ablation for lung volume reduction of emphysema and steam ablation of lung cancer tumors. IP includes method of action, treatment planning, and devices. Some of Uptake’s claims for novel steam ablation devices may apply to other ablation approaches elsewhere in the body.

2. The company’s InterVapor system is CE marked.

3. Uptake has a modest base of international business with 15-30 sites in various states of clinical activity.

4. Uptake has completed the multi-center, multi-national randomized study (STEP-UP) for the targeted, vapor ablation of the most diseased lung segments in patients suffering from emphysema. In addition, Uptake has 10 years of meaningful clinical science and validation of vapor ablation in emphysema.

5. The STEP-UP study 6 month manuscript has been published by The Lancet and the 12 month supplement is being submitted to The Lancet and is awaiting review.

6. Uptake has developed and begun positive initial human studies ablating lung cancer tumors.

7. InterVapor is the only therapy:

· Resulting in clinically meaningful improvement, while allowing for repeated patient improvement over time. This claim is based on the STEP-UP RCT results published in the Lancet RM March 2016. Clinically meaningful improvement (> 12% FEV1) in pulmonary function and quality of life.

· Without significant risk of life threatening pneumothorax or hemoptysis. Competitive therapies on the market use implants which create pneumothorax (a hole in the lung that can result in death from suffocation) and hemoptysis (excessive bleeding in the lungs that can result in death).

· That can effectively treat the entire population of patients with severe upper lobe emphysema. One competitor (valve implants) is only effective and recommended in patients with complete fissures, and the other competitor (coil implants) failed to show clinically meaningful improvement in pulmonary function and did not meet its primary endpoint.

8. Leading pulmonologists actively support and used InterVapor.

9. OPS procedure reimbursement codes have been established in Germany and applied for in Switzerland.

Impact of Technology on the Market

The positive impact of bronchoscopic volume reduction has attracted the attention of leading physicians worldwide. Patients with emphysema represent a large and growing market with an unmet clinical need. Accessing Uptake’s intellectual property is critical for any successful endeavor into this very attractive market. Publication of Uptake’s patient data sets has providedphysicians with a one-of-a kind look into how reshaping therapy compares to other, more traditional, high-risk valve and coil implant procedures. Commercialization of its products could provide high returns in this large and fast-growing market.
Uptake Medical’s Assets

Uptake has developed a portfolio of assets critical to the bronchoscopic treatment of emphysema with thermal ablation. These assets fall into a variety of categories, including:

· Patents, Patent Applications and Trademarks
· Prospective, Randomized Patient Data Set for Treating Heterogeneous Emphysema
· Generator and Disposable Product Inventory
· Manufacturing, Design and Calibration Equipment
· CE Mark for InterVapor
· Modest International Revenue
· Intellectual Capital and Expertise

The assets of Uptake will be sold in whole or in part (collectively, the “Uptake Medical Assets”). The sale of these assets is being conducted with the cooperation of Uptake. Uptake and its employees will be available to assist purchasers with due diligence and a prompt, efficient transition to new ownership. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Uptake should not be contacted directly without the prior consent of Gerbsman Partners.

Key Personnel

· King Nelson — President & CEO
· Robert Barry — Founder, Chief Tech Officer
· Krista Mann — Chief Financial Officer
· Carol Holt — VP, Clinical Marketing and Operations
· Erik Henne — VP, Lung Cancer

Uptake Medical, Inc. Board of Directors

· Carl Simpson, Chairman of the Board: – Los Altos Hills, CA

· Geoff Brooke, GBS Venture Partners – Melbourne, Australia

· David Singer, Maverick Capital – San Francisco, CA

· Rob Kuhling, Onset Ventures – Menlo Park, CA

· King Nelson, Uptake Medical – Tustin, CA
The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a nondisclosure agreement (attached hereto as Exhibit A) to have access to key members of the management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (the “Due Diligence Access”). Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has an opportunity to inspect and examine the Uptake Medical Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and Gerbsman Partners (and their respective, staff, agents, or attorneys) do not make any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same.

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the Uptake Medical Assets. Sealed bids must be submitted so that the bid is actually received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Friday, July 8, 2016, 3:00pm Pacific Standard Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at 1173 Warner Ave, Tustin, CA 92780 Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in a specific and identifiable way. The attached Uptake fixed asset list may not be complete and Bidders interested in the Uptake Medical Equipment must submit a separate bid for such assets. Be specific as to the assets desired.

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase where applicable. All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit check in the amount of $200,000 (payable to Uptake Medical, Inc.). The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days after the Bid Deadline. Non-successful bidders will have their deposit returned to them. Uptake Medical reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale.

Uptake will require the successful bidder to close within 7 business days. Any or all of the assets of Uptake will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the Uptake Medical Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to Uptake at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

Steven R. Gerbsman
(415) 456-0628

Kenneth Hardesty
(408) 591-7528

Dennis Sholl
(415) 377-1952

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