Rick Gonzalez, AbbVie CEO (AP Images)

Ab­b­Vie makes a hefty play to boost aes­thet­ics busi­ness, pay­ing $550M for non-in­va­sive body sculpt­ing de­vice

When Ab­b­Vie chose to prop up its Al­ler­gan Aes­thet­ics unit as a sep­a­rate busi­ness post-merg­er, it set off some alarm bells that a spin­off or sale could be in the off­ing. But now, Ab­b­Vie is mak­ing an op­por­tunis­tic play to boost the aes­thet­ics busi­ness, adding a long-de­layed body sculpt­ing prod­uct in­to the fold.

Ab­b­Vie’s Al­ler­gan Aes­thet­ics unit will pay $550 mil­lion in cash to scoop up drug­mak­er Soli­ton and Reson­ic, its sound-wave de­vice to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of cel­lulite, the com­pa­ny’s said Mon­day.

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