NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific priced the $2.2 billion public offering of its stock at $85.50 per share. The company will offer about 25.7 million shares of its stock in connection to the offering, and proceeds will be used to fund, in part, its $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies.

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