Johnson & Johnson New CEO's Takeover Watch Spans Edwards Lifesciences'S to St. Jude Medical: Real M&A

Published: May 01, 2012

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s pursuit of growth through acquisitions could put companies from Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (EW) to St. Jude Medical Inc. on its wish list. A year after J&J announced the biggest acquisition in its 126-year history, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky is now looking to takeovers to bolster the medical-device unit with products such as heart valves, according to an interview last week with Bloomberg News. J&J’s own cardiovascular sales have fallen for five straight years, the only business in its medical device division to shrink.

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