NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Varian for $52 per share, or a total of around $1.5 billion.

The deal will expand Agilent's presence in the life sciences research and applied markets, such as the environment and energy. Agilent said that it also will expand its product portfolio into atomic and molecular spectroscopy and in other fields including nuclear magnetic resonance, imaging, and vacuum technologies.

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