NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies today said that it has completed the acquisition of Dako for $2.2 billion in cash.

Agilent signed the deal to acquire the Danish cancer diagnostics firm last month and said at the time that it would fund the acquisition entirely with its off-shore cash. The acquisition provides Agilent with Dako's immunohistochemistry products and a growing companion diagnostics business.

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