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Baxter Acquires Gambro, Becomes Integrated Renal Therapy Leader

Executive Summary

Baxter’s offer of $4 billion for Swedish hemodialysis manufacturer Gambro may be one of the largest medtech acquisitions of the year, but Baxter CEO Bob Parkinson describes the deal as a bolt-on for Baxter’s existing market in renal therapy. Of course the magnitude of the deal makes it “an adjacency with a capital A”, Parkinson quipped.

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