The story has been updated to include comments from Danaher's CEO.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Danaher today reported an 11 percent rise in first-quarter sales with its Life Sciences and Diagnostics segment jumping 22 percent.

For the three months ended April 1, the Washington-based conglomerate said that total sales came in at $3.35 billion, compared to $3.01 billion the year before. Wall Street had a consensus estimate of $3.32 billion.

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