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January 5, 2011


Market outlook: Companies with cash will dominate M&A activity in near future
By Sherrie Conroy, Content Director

Companies such as Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, and Abbott Laboratories will be in the best position to take advantage of mergers and acquisitions opportunities in the next few years. Other companies that are in a good position to benefit include Covidien, Stryker, Zimmer, and St. Jude Medical, all of which “have a fair amount of cash on their balance sheet and could benefit from purchasing faster-growing technologies.”

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Report cites top health industry issues of 2011

Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC (PwC) has released a report citing the top health industry issues of 2011 that have been prompted by health reform. The report says that "2011 is a makeover year for health industry organizations reacting to and preparing for new rules and payment models. Continuing cost pressures and new customer demands require a fresh look at existing roles of industry players."

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Good news from FDA for imaging OEMs

Fixing a glitch in its clearance process, FDA last week moved to to resume clearing imaging products that include contrast agent functionalities or indications in its labeling that require contrast agents. The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) welcomed the decision.

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Orthopedics giant Zimmer acquires two companies

Zimmer Holdings Inc (Warsaw, IN) announced two acquisitions at the end of December. The first was Switzerland-based Sodem Diffusion S.A., which manufactures SoPlus Orthopaedic Surgical Power Tools. The company will be renamed Zimmer Surgical S.A. and will be part of Zimmer Surgical, headquartered in Dover, OH. The acquisition of Beijing Montagne Medical Device Company, Ltd was also announced.

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Coded switch for rugged applications

A rugged version of a coded switch is designed for use in portable medical, industrial automation, and vision and imaging applications. Fremont, CA-based Elma Electronics’ M07A is a gray, coded switch that comes in 16 positions down to 2. BCD or hex versions are available upon request. Based on the company’s Type 07 switch line, the M07A is said to be a robust stainless-steel 6-mm tapped shaft (optional 3-mm versions are available). The switch meets Mil-Std-810F for salt fog and humidity and Mil-Std-202G for shock and vibration.

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UV laser marking system for medical packaging/materials

A company has released a UV laser marking system for plastic and metals. UV lasers can produce small characters on a wide array of materials and are ideal for marking plastics used in the medical and packaging industries. Miyachi Unitek Corp, Monrovia, CA, says the UV laser markers also offer extremely controlled metals marking, which results in the most reliable corrosion-resistant marking for medical materials.

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DEHP-free PVC tubing

DEHP-free PVC tubing is available in 70-A durometer, 250-ft coils. Qosina, Edgewood, NY, offers models T4000–T4313 in sizes ranging from 0.05–0.25 in. ID × 0.09–0.375 in. OD. Additional tubing is available in PVC, C-Flex, Tygon, PTFE, peroxide or platinum-cured silicone, and polyethylene.

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