Led by $13bn acquisition of Change Healthcare, North America’s medical devices industry saw a rise of 13.91% in deal activity during Q1 2021, when compared to the last four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 301 deals worth $31.45bn were announced for the region during Q1 2021, against the last four-quarter average of 264.25 deals.

Of all the deal types, venture financing saw most activity in Q1 2021 with 182 deals, representing a 60.5% share for the region.

In second place was M&A with 94 deals, followed by private equity deals with 25 transactions, respectively capturing a 31.2% and 8.3% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in North America’s medical devices industry with $26.81bn, while venture financing and private equity deals totalled $3.1bn and $1.54bn, respectively.

North America medical devices industry deals in Q1 2021: Top deals

The top five medical devices deals accounted for a 65.6% share of the overall value during Q1 2021.

The combined value of the top five deals stood at $20.63bn, against the overall value of $31.45bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five medical devices industry deals of Q1 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) OptumInsight’s $13bn acquisition of Change Healthcare

2) The $4.6bn acquisition of Cantel Medical by Steris

3) Boston Scientific’s $1.23bn acquisition of Preventice

4) The $1bn private equity deal with Cardinal Health by Hellman & Friedman

5) Corza Health’s acquisition of Surgical Specialties for $800m.