A Changing Landscape in Medical Devices

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The usual suspects (Medtronic, St. Jude, J&J, Boston Scientific, Olympus, Stryker, Zimmer, Covidien, GE Healthcare, Hologic and others) continued their usual growth-via-acquisition strategies in 2010. Last year I wrote about two of the more notable medical device exits: St. Jude’s option to purchase CardioMEMS, and Medtronic’s deal to acquire Ardian.

However, a less-noticed acquisition in December 2010 may turn out to be the most notable medical device deal of all. This relatively small acquisition heralds the entry of a significant new player into the medical device industry, and marks the beginning of a shift in the geographic landscape of the medical device industry.

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