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Physio-Control acquires HeartSine Technologies

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Physio-Control acquires HeartSine Technologies to form one of the world’s largest automated external defibrillator companies
BY JAMES RISLEY on September 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

If you have a heart attack out in public, there’s a good chance a company based in Redmond, Wash., is behind the life-saving technology that can bring you back from the brink of death.

Physio Control HeartSinePhysio-Control is now one of the world’s largest automated external defibrillator (AED) solutions providers after acquiring Northern Ireland-based HeartSine Technologies, the company announced today. Both Physio-Control and HeartSine are major manufacturers of AEDs, which allow untrained bystanders to jump-start the heart after a heart attack.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the biggest healthcare problems in the world and AEDs are a critical part of the solution,” Physio-Control CEO Brian Webster said in a news release. “The global market for these devices is growing fast and our joint aim is to save more lives with more AEDs in more places.”

Physio-Control, privately held by Bain Capital, designs and produces its products in Redmond, but HeartSine will continue to produce AEDs at its facilities in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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james  James Risley is a technology writer living in Seattle. He’s written for the Medill News Service and helped build small, news-focused web tools for covering transportation and politics. He recently earned his graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. You can follow James on Twitter or Instagram and reach him at