NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — French in vitro diagnostics firm BioMérieux said today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire BioFire Diagnostics for $450 million plus BioFire's net financial debt.

BioFire, which until August 2012 was known as Idaho Technology, is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and markets the FilmArray molecular diagnostics system and associated syndromic infectious disease assay panels.

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