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Device M&A Rebound Continues: With Ardian, Sadra Deals Show Appetite For Big, Early-Stage Acquisitions

Executive Summary

The year looks to be closing strong in terms of device M&A as the rebound we noted last month has continued, highlighted by the recent acquisitions of Ardian, with its novel percutaneous technology for hypertension (and perhaps other conditions), by Medtronic in what could turn out to be a billion dollar deal, and Boston Scientific's leap into the hot transcatheter valve space with its acquisition of Sadra Medical. At a time when acquirers and investors claim to be looking primarily for more mature, commercial-stage companies, these deals indicate that there remains a robust demand for truly innovative devices that address significant unmet needs and markets

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