Value-Based Medtech Rides The Money-Go-Round Into 2016
The M&A bonanza for companies in the medtech sector continued into 2015 and there is no end in sight in 2016 as manufacturers seek to augment and fine-tune portfolios to meet the new demands of payers and providers. Longer term, there are signs of a change in the top global medtech rankings.
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