Roche Announces $3 Billion Offer to Purchase Ventana Medical Systems

Yesterday, Roche Holdings (SWX: ROG.VX; RO.S) of Basel, Switzerland announced that it would initiate a tender offer to acquire 100% ownership of Ventana Medical Systems (NASDAQ: VMSI) of Tucson, Arizona. Roche is offering $75 for each share of Ventana Medical. This is a 44% premium over Ventana’s closing price of $51.95 on July 22, 2007. It also represents a total cash purchase price of $3 billion for Ventana Medical Systems. For 2006, Ventana Medical Systems had revenue of $238.2 million....

Digene Sells to Quiagen, Has Sued Third Wave and Ventana to Protect HPV Patents

Earlier this week, Digene Corporation (Nasdaq: DIGE) announced that it would be acquired by Dutch firm Qiagen (Nasdaq: QEN) for a purchase price of approximately $1.6 billion. Digene has been involved in patent infringement lawsuits during the past year in efforts to protect its HPV patents. It was announced on Monday, June 4, that Digene will be purchased by Qiagen, a Dutch maker of tools for gene research. This gives Quiagen access to Digene’s patented HPV test, and tests for sexually...
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