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APAX Partners-led consortium acquires KCI. KCI launches the V.A.C.Ulta™ Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System, and introduces Graftjacket® regenerative tissue matrix (RTM) and Graftjacket flowable soft tissue scaffold (FSTS).
KCI celebrates its 35th Anniversary with the groundbreaking of its new global corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.


KCI launches new innovations, including the Prevena™ Incision Management System, the first powered negative pressure product designed specifically for the management of clean, closed surgical incisions.
The company opens its global shared service center in Budapest, Hungary, and a KCI office in Japan.


KCI launches ABThera™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy (OA NPT) System. The ABThera™ System addresses patient quality of life through an easy-to-use system designed to assist surgeons in the management and treatment of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (ACS) and to help achieve primary fascial closure.

KCI introduces V.A.C.® GranuFoam™ Bridge Dressing, further expanding the portfolio of dressings used in the treatment of chronic wounds. This new dressing simplifies application in chronic wounds, especially Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFUs) where it is compatible with off-loading devices.


KCI introduces third-generation InfoV.A.C.® and ActiV.A.C.® Therapy Systems globally, the only NPWT systems specifically cleared for use in all care settings, including home use.

KCI establishes a global manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland.


KCI expands into Denmark and the Middle East.


KCI is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


KCI receives approval for Medicare Part B reimbursement for V.A.C.® Therapy. This approval makes the innovative V.A.C.® Therapy System available to elderly and disabled home care patients in the United States.

Several “next-generation” V.A.C.® Therapy products are introduced.


KCI launches its greatest innovation to date: the V.A.C.® Therapy System, which is clinically demonstrated to promote wound healing while reducing the overall cost of treating patients with complex wounds.


KCI introduces first medical device that provides foot compression therapy to prevent deep vein thrombosis.


KCI opens sales offices in Germany, France and the Netherlands.


KCI opens first international sales offices in Canada and the UK.


Dr. Jim Leininger, an accident and emergency physician, purchases the manufacturing rights to a critical care bed, and with a few employees, founds Kinetic Concepts, Inc.

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Updated: 2 November 2012

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