Bard EP Deal Latest In Boston Scientific’s M&A Revival, Bolsters CRM Business
Boston Scientific’s recent acquisition of Bard Electrophysiology marks the tenth notable acquisition that it has made since 2010. Four of those deals come in cardiac rhythm management, including EP, which is among the fastest-growing device sectors and one that company executives see as a major contributor to future growth.
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Similar to Q1’s deal dollars and volume, device companies raised $1.06 billion through 45 transactions; Bayer HealthCare’s $1 billion purchase of Conceptus was the only device M&A in Q2 to exceed the billion-dollar mark. Diagnostics players raised a total of $2.9 billion during the second quarter, a huge increase over Q1 due to Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $2.46 billion follow-on offering to support its $15.2 billion April acquisition of Life Technology, another Q2 outlier in the M&A category.
St. Jude Medical has acquired Swiss company Endosense, a pioneer in the field of contact force sensing for atrial fibrillation ablation. The $170 million plus milestones deal will enable St. Jude to compete more effectively against market leader Biosense Webster/J&J, but it also emphasizes the growing importance of contact force technology in the AF ablation space.
Groundbreaking new mapping technologies could shift the future direction of the $2.5 billion AF ablation market, as evidenced by presentations at this year’s HRS and EUROPACE meetings; with some compelling clinical data now on the books, the electrophysiologists who perform AF ablation are taking notice, as are investors and strategics operating in this space. Emerging companies at the heart of this shift include Topera Medical, CardioInsight Technologies, and Acutus Medical.