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Mid-Sized Medex Merges to Achieve Mass

Executive Summary

Smiths Group, a diversified manufacturer operating in aerospace, industrial detection, specialty engineering, and medical products, is offering $925 million for Medex, a leader in medical safety devices and anesthesia. The deal is about merging complementary strengths in non-overlapping product areas to accelerate sales growth. And it's about critical mass: within a year, says Lawrence Kinet, board member of Smiths Medical, the newly merged medical division will join "the billion dollar club," an important threshold in the world of medical devices.

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