NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – MDS said that its shareholders have approved the renewal of the firm's shareholders rights plan.

The Toronto-based firm said shareholders approved the renewal last week at its annual and special meeting of shareholders. The latest plan, which is intended to discourage a hostile takeover bid, will expire in 2012 unless it is renewed.

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