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Varian Shareholders OK Agilent Acquisition

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Varian today said that its shareholders have approved the firm's merger agreement with Agilent Technologies.

The deal, under which Agilent will acquire Varian for $52 per share in cash — for a total transaction value of around $1.5 billion — was announced in late July.

Varian said that shareholders representing approximately 84 percent of its outstanding stock voted in favor of the acquisition at a special meeting of stockholders held Oct. 5. The deal still remains subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions, and the firms expect to complete the transaction by the end of this year.

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