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Danaher has commenced its concurrent offerings of $1.35 billion of shares of its common stock and $1.35 billion of shares of its mandatory convertible preferred stock.

Danaher is financing the deal with $3 billion from an equity offering, cash on hand, and proceeds from an issuance of debt and/or new credit facilities.

The firm's Life Sciences segment grew 10 percent year over year during the quarter while its Diagnostics segment was up 4 percent.

Researchers showed that the test had equivalent results to a lab-based assay and has the potential for a faster turnaround time. 

The company expects EPS to be between $4.02 and $4.12. On a non-GAAP basis, EPS is expected to be in the range of $4.75 and $4.85.

Within diagnostics, Beckman Coulter saw core revenue growth in the low-single digits, while Cepheid was up in the double digits for the quarter.

The test detects and quantifies hepatitis C virus RNA and can be performed in approximately one hour. 

Testing with Cepheid's molecular TB assay can shorten the amount of time suspected patients need to be isolated and save thousands of dollars per patient.

The test, which uses automated reverse-transcription real-time PCR, expands the firm's menu of CLIA-waived tests for use in near-patient and point-of-care settings.

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