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Ventana Brushes Aside Roche's Extended Takeover Bid

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Roche yesterday said it has extended its tender offer deadline to buy Ventana Medical Systems to the close of business on Aug. 23.
 
Roche's original deadline lapsed last night, and the federal anti-trust waiting period passed earlier this week.
  
In response, Ventana reiterated that the offer remains “wholly inadequate” and that it is “significantly below our current market price.”
 
The offer “does not even come close to reflecting the intrinsic value of the company, its strong growth prospects in an accelerating market, and the synergy value of Ventana to Roche,” Ventana said.

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