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Inverness Buys Bulk

Executive Summary

Inverness Medical Innovations, a point-of-care diagnostics company, made a splash with its $1.6 billion acquisition of Biosite. But the purchase was merely the latest step in a long-time strategy of growing through acquisition.

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Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostics Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q1 2008

The first quarter of 2008 saw a dearth in financings for both the medical device and in vitro diagnostics segments. In the former, volume fell short of the billion dollar mark while the latter failed to reach the success the previous quarter had witnessed, despite completing an equal number of transactions. M&A in medical devices didn't look any more promising, bringing in $1.6 billion, a huge slide from the impressive $10 billion total of 2007's fourth quarter. However, there was one bright spot: acquisitions within in vitro diagnostics/research reagents substantially increased to $3.1 billion from the $370 million spent in the previous three months, led by Inverness Medical Innovations' $1.1 billion takeover of Matria Healthcare Inc. Also noteworthy: oncology diagnostics alliances grew slowly and steadily thanks to increasing attention from larger companies.

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