Kinetic Concepts


Kinetic Concepts, Inc., (KCI) is a global corporation that produces medical technology related to wounds and wound healing. KCI produced the first product developed specifically for negative pressure wound therapy. In 2013, the company employed 5,000 people and marketed its products in more than 25 countries.[2] Its headquarters is in San Antonio, Texas.

Kinetic Concepts
TypeSubsidiary of 3M
IndustryMedical devices, medical technology
FoundedSan Antonio, Texas, 1976 (1976)
San Antonio, Texas
ProductsItems related to negative pressure wound therapy and wound healing[1]
Revenue$1.6 billion Increase (2010)
$256.1 million Increase (2010)
Number of employees
5,000 (2013)

KCI, LifeCell and Systagenix operated under the Acelity brand.

In October 2019, Acelity and its KCI subsidiaries worldwide were acquired by 3M for $6.7 billion, including assumption of debt and other adjustments.[3]


KCI is composed of three business units: Active Healing Solutions, LifeCell and Therapeutic Support Systems, that operate in the wound care, regenerative medicine and therapeutic support systems markets.[4] The largest of these business units is dedicated to wound care[5] primarily negative pressure wound therapy for the treatment of traumatic wounds, pressure ulcers, chronic wounds and diabetic ulcers[6] but also assistance with surgery.[7] The therapeutic support systems developed and supplied by KCI are largely for the treatment and prevention of complications associated with patient immobility.[8] These include support surfaces for hospital beds and home patients designed to address pulmonary complications in immobile patients. KCI also develops specialty beds for use in hospitals or in long-term care facilities.[9] KCI expanded into the regenerative medicine market in 2008.[4] Through subsidiary company LifeCell Corporation, KCI develops and supplies tissue-based products. These include tissue-based treatments used in surgical procedures to repair soft-tissue.[10]

Corporate historyEdit

KCI was founded in 1976 in San Antonio, Texas, by James R. Leininger, then an emergency room physician[11] who wanted to help prevent the pulmonary complications associated with immobility. Over time, the company developed or acquired a line of therapeutic specialty beds, introducing a specialty bed for acute care patients with pulmonary complications.[12] Initially KCI's product development focused on therapeutic beds and surfaces then expanded to introduce the first commercial negative pressure wound therapy products in the mid-1990s.[7][13] KCI acquired regenerative medicine company, LifeCell, in 2008[4] in a non-hostile transaction for US$1.7 billion.[14][15] In January 2012, LifeCell was made a sister company to KCI. In 2013, LifeCell and KCI recombined into one company.[16][17]

Financial informationEdit

From the founding of the company in 1976 to 1988, the revenue of KCI grew to US$153.2 million. The growth in revenue allowed KCI to go public and trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 1988.[18] KCI stock was traded on the NYSE until 1997, when the company went private. In February 2004, KCI became a publicly listed company for the second time and was listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol KCI.[7][19]

By the late 2000s, the company's revenue was over $1 billion and reported an increase of 17 percent in 2007 to $1.61 billion.[20] Revenue for 2008 was $1.88 billion, increasing to $1.99 billion in 2009[21] and in 2010 increased to $2.02 billion.[22] On November 4, 2011, the company went private again at a price of $68.50 per share.

Product linesEdit

  • V.A.C. systems used for negative pressure wound therapy.[23]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Products". Acelity. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "FDA clears new KCI abdominal wound-care product". San Antonio Business Journal. May 19, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "3M Completes Acquisition of Acelity, Inc". 3M News | United States. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "KCI earnings up during second quarter". San Antonio Business Journal. July 21, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "KCI Appoints Kien Nguyen Vice President of Global Marketing for Active Healing Solutions(TM)". Business Wire. April 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "Vacuum Assisted Closure Wound Therapy Cleared for Partial Thickness Burns". Reuters Health Medical News. January 27, 2003.
  7. ^ a b c Benesh, Peter (June 14, 2004). "Second IPO Helps Heal Old Wounds; Kinetic Concepts Inc.; San Antonio, Texas". Investor's Business Daily. p. A09.
  8. ^ "Kinetic Concepts Inc. Implements SolidWorks Software as Company-Wide Engineering Standard". Business Wire. March 6, 2000.
  9. ^ "Kinetic Concepts Acquires RIK Medical". PR Newswire. October 6, 1997.
  10. ^ "Kinetic Concepts now owns LifeCell Corp". Biomedical Materials: 5. July 1, 2008. ISSN 0955-7717.
  11. ^ "Kinetic Concepts Inc. Implements SolidWorks Software as Company-Wide Engineering Standard." Business Wire. March 6, 2000.
  12. ^ "Kinetic Concepts introduces TriaDyne, latest addition to line of therapeutic beds and surfaces". Business Wire. May 23, 1995.
  13. ^ "KCI Honors Dr. Louis Argenta With Research-Based Fellowship and Scholarship". Business Wire. October 12, 2009.
  14. ^ "KCI to Acquire LifeCell for $1.7 Billion in Cash Creating a Global Medical Technology Leader". Business Wire. April 7, 2008.
  15. ^ "Analyst questions Kinetic Concepts' purchase of LifeCell due to high price and low revenue". The Associated Press. April 8, 2008.
  16. ^ Danner, Patrick (September 29, 2013). "KCI, LifeCell agree to merge operations". mySA. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "Kinetic Concepts To Recombine With Sister Company Life Cell". Medical Product Outsourcing. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  18. ^ Blaker, Ashley (December 24, 1990). "Kinetic Expands Foreign Presence With Acquisitions". San Antonio Business Journal. Vol. 4, no. 49. p. 1.
  19. ^ Berko, Malcolm (August 3, 2007). "Wound-care developer is a healthy company". Copley News Service.
  20. ^ "KCI concludes 2007 on strong note". San Antonio Business Journal. January 29, 2008.
  21. ^ "Highlights KCI". MSN Money. MSN. January 2011. Archived from the original on March 21, 2004. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  22. ^ "Kinetic Concepts 4Q profit grows 12 percent". Bloomberg Business News. Associated Press. February 1, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  23. ^ "KCI to Launch V.A.C.Via, an Advanced Mobile Healing Technology". Business Wire. April 26, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Official KCI website
  • Medical Education website