Issue Date: March 20, 2006
Fisher expands in diagnostics
Fisher Scientific has entered a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Athena Diagnostics, a developer of neurologic, nephrologic, and endocrine diagnostic tests, from Behrman Capital for $283 million. Fisher also agreed to buy a 9% stake in Nanogen, a manufacturer of diagnostic equipment, microarrays, and reagents, for $15 million. Fisher says it will collaborate with Nanogen to develop Athena's proprietary markers and diagnostic assays.
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