NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Waters said in its Form 10-Q for the second quarter that it has acquired software firm Blue Reference for $14 million in cash.

In its document filed Friday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the company also disclosed a $3 million payment to settle litigation alleging patent infringement by Waters.

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