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Abbott Moves into Heart Valves with Evalve Deal

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The hottest major interventional cardiology company, Abbott, moves into the hottest interventional clinical space, catheter-based heart valve therapy, with the acquisition of Evalve, providing Abbott with a platform to build a structural heart disease device business.

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