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Qiagen's $1.6B Bid for Digene Passes Federal Waiting Period

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Qiagen today said that federal regulators have cleared its planned acquisition of Digene.
 
The company said the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust deadline passed on midnight yesterday without a hitch, enabling the shop to buy Digene for $1.6 billion.
 
The deal is subject to the tender of a majority of Digene's common stock on a fully diluted basis before 11:59 p.m. EST on July 20, unless the offer is extended, as well as approval by Qiagen’s shareholders, among other conditions.
 
Qiagen said it expects to close the acquisition in August or September.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

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Testing at UK Lab Suspended

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J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more