Beckman to Acquire Agencourt For Up to $140M; Plans New 'Personal Genomics' Spin-Off

Beckman Coulter intends to purchase Agencourt Bioscience for up to $140 million in cash, the companies said this week.

Beckman plans to acquire all of Agencourt's outstanding stock for $100 million in cash and make up to $40 million in contingent payments through 2007. Following the acquisition, which is expected to close near the end of May, Agencourt will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Beckman, and will remain based in Beverly, Mass.

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