Samsung buys US medical device start-up

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday that its United States subsidiary had acquired NeuroLogica, a maker of computed tomography (CT) machines, in its latest push into the medical equipment business to take on the likes of General Electric Co and Philips AG.

Samsung Electronics America has fully acquired Massachusetts-based start-up NeuroLogica for an undisclosed amount, the South Korean company said in a statement.

NeuroLogica, which was established in 2004, manufactures portable CT scanners.

The head of Samsung's consumer electronics division had told Reuters earlier this month that the company was seeking to grow its medical device unit by adding Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and CT machines, and the company was open to making acquisitions.

Samsung has said it plans to spend 1.2 trillion won (S$1.4 billion) in the medical equipment business by 2020 to make it a US$10 billion (S$12 billion) operation by then.

It acquired a controlling stake in Korean ultrasound equipment firm Medison in 2010 and its affiliate later for around US$300 million in total, its biggest ever acquisition in the healthcare industry.

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