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Imaging specialist Varian to increase software focus with purchase of MeVis

Mobile medical apps are all the rage, but software is growing in importance in traditional medical devices too, as evidenced by Varian Medical Systems announcement that it will acquire Germany's MeVis Medical Solutions AG, a provider of software for cancer imaging.

UPDATED: Merck beefs up its cancer drug pipeline in $375M OncoEthix buyout

Further beefing up its rapidly growing pipeline for new cancer drugs, Merck has stepped in to buy out Switzerland's OncoEthix in a deal worth upward of $375 million. And the Big Pharma player is paying a hefty premium for a BET inhibitor that was in-licensed from Mitsubishi Tanabe just two years ago.

Philips shells out $1.2B for Volcano to gain ground in imaging therapy

Philips is shelling out $1.2 billion for San Diego devicemaker Volcano to gain ground in catheter-based imaging and beef up its offerings as it refocuses on its new healthcare business.

New Actavis chief sweeps aside most top Allergan execs

Combining Actavis and Allergan will be no easy task, but the companies think their new leadership team can get the job done. Tuesday, they announced a supporting cast for CEO Brent Saunders, who will play the lead role in his biggest challenge yet.

Med tech M&A deal value up 6-fold in 2014

This has been a good year for M&A in the medical device industry. The number of deals rose 39% to 57 announced transactions. Moreover, deal value more than sextupled to $86 billion, up from $14 billion in 2013.

Turnaround-minded Teva CEO scouts deals in specialty generics, emerging markets

With a bounce-back in share price, Teva's in a position to do something it hasn't done much over the past few years: buy companies. And when it comes to getting back into the M&A game, CEO Erez Vigodman has a few types of targets at the top of his list.

Banks lost big betting on canceled AbbVie-Shire merger

The ripple effects of AbbVie's canceled Shire deal extend beyond the disgruntled hedge fund managers and spooked investors who've been making noise since the $55 billion buyout collapsed. Several large investment banks lost money, too, raising eyebrows over whether they're illegally betting their own funds.

Investor cries foul over Covance's $6B sale to LabCorp

Covance got some bad advice when it agreed to a roughly $6 billion buyout from LabCorp, according to an investor lawsuit, which alleges that chief dealbroker Goldman Sachs had a conflict of interest all along.

UPDATED: Will the $8.2B buyout of PetSmart affect its in-store Banfield pet hospitals?

Today Wall Street is chewing on the news that PetSmart has agreed to be acquired in an $8.2 billion private equity deal--the largest such deal of 2014. But what will the buyout mean for the company's presence in animal health, namely the veterinary clinics that it operates in more than 850 of its stores?

Medidata burnishes its risk-based monitoring tech with latest buy

Clinical trial tech outfit Medidata is expanding its work in risk-based monitoring, buying a startup called Patient Profiles to help sponsors and CROs use real-time safety data to make decisions on studies.