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Cowen said that Hologic is on track to more than double its Panther system placements to about 500 this year, driven by SARS-CoV-2 test demand.

Meridian has been providing essential components, including reagents, for multiple SARS-CoV-2 molecular and serology tests.

The company's Q4 revenues exceeded Wall Street estimates and the clinical genetic testing and pharma services businesses outperformed expectations. 

The investment bank gave PerkinElmer an Outperform rating with a $114 stock price target and Hologic an In Line rating with a $55 stock price target.

JP Morgan noted that it sees potential for new management to "reset the bar" and as such thinks the "worst is in the rearview for Qiagen."

The bank believes investors are too focused on the potential of PacBio's merger with Illumina falling through rather than recent developments regarding its technology.

The investment bank upgraded the company's stock to an Outperform rating from Market Perform but lowered its price target to $37 per share.

The investment bank based the upgrade on potential for growth in the installed base of Quidel's immunoassay and molecular instruments, among other factors.

The investment bank said that it thinks 2018 will be a good year for clinical sequencing and that overall demand for high-throughput sequencing remains high. 

The investment bank's upgrade is based on an expectation of resilient revenue growth for the firm's molecular diagnostics business, among other growth drivers. 

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UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump's "good genes" comment raises eugenics concerns, CNN reports.

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