Allergan Adds Accretive Aesthetics Assets In $2.9bn LifeCell Acquisition
Allergan will pay $2.9bn in cash for LifeCell, a division of Acelity, adding its first regenerative medicine portfolio and marking its first commercial-stage deal in more than a year. The company hopes to exploit the surgical products for aesthetic uses beyond breast reconstruction.
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