* Intuitive gets rights to co's tissue cutting, stapling IP
* Intuitive pays Cardica $12 mln
* Cardica shares jump 46 pct in extended trade
Aug 17 Cardica Inc CRDC.O said it sold the
worldwide rights to its intellectual property related to tissue
cutting, stapling and clip appliers to Intuitive Surgical Inc
(ISRG.O) for use in robotics.
Shares of Redwood City, California-based Cardica were up 46
percent at $2.43 in after-hours trade.
Intuitive, which makes robotic surgical systems, paid
Cardica $12 million for a royalty-bearing license and about
1.25 million Cardica common shares.
Cardica said under the license agreement, the two companies
may also enter into future product development deals.
Separately, Cardica posted a slightly wider-than-expected
loss for the fourth quarter as a smaller direct sales force led
to a drop in product sales. Total revenue for the quarter was
about $991,000, compared with $2.0 million a year ago.
Development of the company's device to close a hole in the
heart was put on hold during the second quarter, and as a
result no development revenue was recorded during the fourth
quarter, the company said.
Cardica shares, which have risen 39 percent over the past
12 months, closed at $1.66 Tuesday on Nasdaq. Intuitive shares
closed at $316.92.
(Reporting by Esha Dey in Bangalore; Editing by Anne