By Leroy Leo and Aditya Samal

Jan 9 (Reuters) – Johnson & Manley will look for opportunities to merge with or acquire firms that add value to its focus areas of eye care, surgical robots, orthopedics and cardiovascular products, the company’s Chief Executive Officer Joaquin Duato said on Monday.

The healthcare giant is in the process associated with spinning off its consumer healthcare business under the brand Kenvue in order to focus upon its pharmaceutical and medical devices companies.

“We’ll continue to be disciplined in looking for possibilities in which we can create value that will serve a significant unmet healthcare need like heart failure, ” Duato said at the J. P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

J& J last month completed its acquisition of heart pump maker Abiomed for $16. 6 billion, which will operate as an independent division in its medical devices business.

Duato said many of its future deals would likely be small “tuck-in” acquisitions.

The company’s CEO expects J& J to carry on growing towards its goal of $60 billion within pharmaceutical sales by 2025, and is confident of exceeding current Street expectations by the targeted year. (Reporting by Leroy Leo plus Aditya Samal; Editing simply by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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