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Exec Chat: KCI CEO Andrew Eckert Foresees Big Year For Wound-Care Company

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Since selling its LifeCell aesthetic and surgical products business to Allergan in early 2017, Acelity has refocused its commercial efforts, and its name, on the KCI wound-care business, with significant investments in medical education, clinical studies and R&D in that sector, as well as the recent acquisition of UK-based Crawford Healthcare.

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