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Olink Bioscience this week appointed Simon Fredriksson as its new president and CEO, replacing Bjorn Ekstrom, who has led the company since its founding in 2004 and will be joining its board of directors.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific today raised its adjusted EPS and revenues guidance for full-year 2011 following the completion of its purchase of specialty diagnostics firm Phadia.

The company has entered a bridge credit agreement for $2 billion and a revolving credit agreement for up to $1 billion.

The acquisition, expected to close in the fourth quarter, will give Thermo Fisher Phadia's immunoassay-based allergy testing and autoimmune disease-testing products.

The acquisition will significantly expand Thermo Fisher's specialty diagnostics business from current annual revenues of around $1.4 billion to roughly $1.9 billion.

The company's Multiplexing Diagnostics division will use the arrayer to develop molecular tools, including protein biomarkers, to diagnose allergy and autoimmunity.

Phadia will use the 2470 in its research efforts to characterize new allergens and to discover biomarker signatures that can be used in the molecular diagnosis of allergies and autoimmune diseases.

Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.