Thermo Fisher Trumped by Merck KGaA’s $7.2 Billion Bid to Acquire Millipore

Clinical Pathology Laboratory Customers of Millipore Not Likely to See Many Changes It only took a few days for Millipore Corporation (NYSE: MIL) to find a buyer willing to outbid Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO). Millipore agreed to be acquired by Merck KGaA (FWB: MRK) of Darmstadt, Germany. Merck will pay about $7.2 billion for Millipore, which tops a reported bid of $6 billion made by Thermo Fisher last week. Because many clinical pathology laboratories use Millipore’s water...

Sonic Healthcare to Acquire Belgium’s Second Largest Clinical Pathology Laboratory

Revised: February 13, 2010 Medhold NV will be acquired for about U.S. $316 million Sonic Healthcare, Ltd., (SHL.AX) of Sydney, Australia, said last Friday that it would acquire 100% of Medhold NV, a clinical pathology laboratory based in Antwerp, Belgium. Sales price is €232 million, which is about U.S. $316 million. Sonic said the acquisition is conditional upon a small number of closing conditions and is expected to close within two weeks. Medhold NV is Belgium’s second largest laboratory...
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