Spectranetics Gives Philips Adjacent Territory In Image-Guided Therapy
The plum in the middle of Philips' intense period of M&A this summer was the €1.9 billion purchase of Spectranetics, which, combined with Philips Volcano, should create a $1 billion+ devices business within the image-guided therapy group by 2020. IGT senior vice president and general manager Bert van Meurs explains the rationale behind the deal, and what's next for Philips.
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Philips, a giant of the medical systems and software industry, maintains its strategic direction with organic and external growth. That was illustrated in one recent four-month period in which the group made seven acquisitions, adding to its non-invasive diagnostics portfolio Electrical Geodesics and bolstering its steps in therapeutic medical devices with the acquisition of Spectranetics. But whatever the target, the same ground rules apply.
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