In Brief This Week: Quest; Human Variome Project; Philippine Genome Center, Life Technologies; Wafergen; More | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Quest Diagnostics has acquired ConVerge Diagnostic Services from Water Street Healthcare Partners. ConVerge is a full-service laboratory providing clinical, cytology, and anatomic pathology test services in New England. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Included in the acquisition is ConVerge's lab in Peabody, Mass., as well as patient service centers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. ConVerge will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Quest.

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