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Covidien Ventures Into Capsule-Based Endoscopy With Given Imaging Acquisition

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

The $860 million purchase agreement will give Covidien the dominant capsule endoscopy platform on the market as the company hopes for FDA approval this year of PillCam COLON 2 as a less invasive alternative for patients who are unable to undergo a colonoscopy.

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Capsule Endoscopy: Poised For Growth

The market for capsule endoscopy is one of the fastest growing segments in the multibillion-dollar gastrointestinal endoscopy market. The market opportunity is vast and highly underpenetrated, and an increasing number of competitors, new product innovations, and expanding indications for the technology are positioning capsule endoscopy as a market poised for growth – particularly if the technology is proven and FDA cleared for colon cancer indications.

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