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Major Company Acquisitions in Israel in September

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Mazor sold for $1.64 billion to Medtronic in September 2018. Photo: Mazor. – September was a big month for the acquisition of Israeli companies in the international marketplace, with six big deals going through during the High Holiday season, according to a report by Israel21c.

Ireland’s Medtronic purchased the Caesarea-based Mazor Robotics, which pioneered robotic guidance systems for brain and spinal surgeries, for a whopping $1.64 billion.

The Tel Aviv-based Upstream Commerce will remain in Israel, but was purchased for approximately $45 million by India’s largest e-commerce marketplace Flipkart, as a maker of cloud-based, real-time automated pricing and product assortment solutions.

Online mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace Grubhub will pay $150 million to buy Tapingo, an Israeli-based platform for campus food-ordering at 1,550 university, college and professional campuses in the United States.

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American software development and operations leader JFrog will acquire technology consulting company Trainologic of Herzliya. Financial details were not disclosed.

American surgical-robotics systems company TransEnterix will buy Yokneam Illit’s Medical Surgery Technologies for $12.4 million, in addition to 3.15 million shares of TransEnterix stock. It will also acquire a software-based image analytics platform powered by artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics.

The company will stay in Israel, but become TransEnterix Israel.

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