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Avista exits Inform Diagnostics

Avista Capital Partners has sold Inform Diagnostics to Fulgent Genetics for about $170 million.

Avista Capital Partners has sold Inform Diagnostics to Fulgent Genetics for about $170 million. Information Diagnostics is a national pathology lab. Kirkland & Ellis served as legal counsel to Inform Diagnostics on the deal.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW YORK, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Avista Capital Partners (“Avista”), a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on healthcare, today announced that it has closed on the sale of Inform Diagnostics (“Inform Diagnostics”) to Fulgent Genetics (NASDAQ: FLGT). Inform Diagnostics is one of the largest national pathology laboratories in the United States with offerings across gastrointestinal pathology, dermatopathology, urologic pathology, and hematopathology, among others. The company currently provides services to approximately 1,300 clients who represent over 2,700 physicians.
Fulgent Genetics originally announced its definitive agreement to acquire Inform Diagnostics for approximately $170 million on April 18, 2022.

In 2017, Avista’s Fund IV carved out Inform Diagnostics from Miraca Life Sciences and worked diligently with the newly recruited management team to create a successful standalone company. Shortly thereafter, Inform Diagnostics grew its capabilities via the acquisition of Therapath, a leading neuropathology laboratory based in New York and the expansion of its Newton, Massachusetts facility. During Avista’s ownership period, Inform Diagnostics executed on a host of compelling corporate and growth initiatives, including the appointments of numerous senior team members, enhanced financial flexibility to drive corporate growth and strengthened compliance policies and procedures.

Sriram Venkataraman, Avista Partner said, “Inform Diagnostics’ precision and laboratory excellence have earned the trust of clinicians and enhanced patient care. It has been a privilege to work with Inform’s dedicated team and we are confident they will continue to thrive and deliver outstanding results as part of Fulgent’s platform.”

Darryl Goss, Inform Diagnostics’ Chief Executive Officer, added, “Avista has been a true partner, guiding our strategic growth and supporting our organization, particularly as we navigated the challenges of the pandemic. I am proud to have worked alongside a talented group of individuals, who not only believed in and invested in our technical innovation and continuous improvement, but also showed great care and concern for our employees, clients, and the patients we serve. Being acquired by Fulgent is an excellent outcome for our organization, allowing us to build upon the technologically driven initiatives started with Avista, and furthering our commitment to providing exceptional quality and service.”

Kirkland & Ellis served as legal counsel to Inform Diagnostics in connection with the transaction.

About Avista Capital Partners
Founded in 2005, Avista Capital is a leading New York-based private equity firm with nearly $8 billion invested in 40 growth-oriented healthcare businesses globally. Avista partners with businesses that feature strong management teams, stable cash flows and robust growth prospects – investing in the medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals, outsourced pharmaceutical services, healthcare technology, healthcare distribution, and consumer-driven healthcare sectors. Avista’s Operating Executives and Advisors are an integral part of the team, providing strategic insight, operational oversight and senior counsel, which helps drive growth and performance, while fostering sustainable businesses and creating long-term value for all stakeholders. For more information, visit www.avistacap.com.