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PerkinElmer pushes further into diagnostics

Purchase of Euroimmun for $1.3 billion continues expansion of firm’s clinical diagnostics franchise

by Marc S. Reisch
June 19, 2017

Photo shows a microscope focused on a series of slide samples.
Credit: Euroimmun
Euroimmun uses techniques such as fluorescence microscopy for disease diagnosis.

PerkinElmer has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the German clinical diagnostics firm Euroimmun Medical Laboratory Diagnostics for $1.3 billion.

Expected to close by the end of the year, the deal adds Euroimmun’s autoimmune, infectious disease, and allergy testing capabilities to PerkinElmer’s well-established newborn disease testing services and other disease diagnostics businesses. The transaction continues a trend among traditional instrumentation firms to expand into medical diagnostics.

Founded in 1987, Euroimmun employs 2,400 people, 1,600 of whom are in Germany. It annual sales are about $310 million—45% from China and 30% from Europe. In the past five years, Euroimmun enjoyed average annual sales growth of 19%, PerkinElmer says.

Euroimmun uses a variety of immunohistochemical and biochemical methods to diagnose disease. It also offers automated equipment and software for laboratory data management.

PerkinElmer CEO Robert Friel says the two firms will leverage their combined detection, imaging, and assay development capabilities to “improve global health through advanced diagnostics.”

Winfred Stöcker, Euroimmun’s founder and controlling shareholder, says the firm’s scientists will continue to conduct R&D in Germany after the merger. He sees Euroimmun’s business being aided by PerkinElmer’s worldwide distribution network.

In January, PerkinElmer agreed to buy Tulip Diagnostics, an Indian maker of reagents, kits, and instruments for malaria, HIV, and hepatitis diagnosis. Other instrument makers are also acquiring their way into diagnostics. Last year, for example, Danaher spent $4 billion for the molecular diagnostics firm Cepheid.


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