Though Thermo Fisher just completed a $10.6 billion merger creating a life sciences behemoth, the firm’s CEO said last week that he sees plenty of opportunities to continue growing the firm through acquisitions.
 
The comments from Marijn Dekkers came one day before the firm bought Cohesive Technologies, a small acquisition that it believes will beef up its sample-preparation offerings for its liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry products.
 

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

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