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NEW YORK, July 16 – PerkinElmer has agreed to acquire Packard BioScience in a stock deal valued at about $650 million.    

According to a statement released by the companies on Sunday, PerkinElmer seemed particularly interested in acquiring Packard BioScience for its liquid handling and sample preparation capabilities.    

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