NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific has agreed to acquire German diagnostics firm Brahms for €330 million ($471 million) in a deal that will complement its immunoassay test portfolio and expand its reagent manufacturing capabilities in Europe.

Brahms, based in Henningsdorf, Germany, makes tests based on biomarkers for sepsis, cardiovascular, and pulmonary diseases, as well as intensive care treatments and prenatal screening products. The firm has around 400 employees in 65 countries worldwide and had 2008 annual revenues of approximately $105 million.

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