M&A Deals Analysis: February Sees Billion-Dollar Buys Bite
Despite being a slow month, megadeals abounded in February, as the medtech M&A market saw a hat-trick of billion-dollar deals. Medtech Insight recorded 12 deals for the month, on par with January's volume but down from 16 in February 2016.
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