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Parent Co. Explores Spinning Out ABI as its own Publicly Traded Firm
 
Applera, parent company of Applied Biosystems and Celera, said this week it has retained Morgan Stanley to explore alternatives to its current tracking stock structure, including the creation of two independent, publicly traded companies to replace the two tracking stocks.
 
“While the tracking stock structure has facilitated the interests of both Celera and Applied Biosystems, the evolution of our businesses makes it timely to explore the potential benefits of these businesses going their separate ways,” said Tony White, chairman, president, and CEO of Applera, and interim president of ABI.
 
The company also announced it has increased to $1.2 billion the current authorization to repurchase shares of ABI stock. At the current share price, that represents about 20 percent of the outstanding common stock, or double the current authorization, the company said. ABI said it plans to repurchase $600 million of the shares “as soon as practicable” through a tender offer or accelerated share repurchase. The balance of the repurchases will occur over the next year to 18 months from open market purchases and privately negotiated deals.
 
Under a previous repurchase program, ABI had purchased more than $1 billion of company stock during the past four years. 
 

 
BG Medicine Files Intent for IPO
 
BG Medicine announced this week its plans to trade shares of its common stock on the Eurenext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext. The biomarker company has filed a document with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
The offering is subject to approval by the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. Cowen International Limited and Fortis will act as joint global coordinators and joint book-runners for the offering. Leerink Swann will act as co-manager.
 

 
PE’s Summe Adopts Plan to Sell Shares
 
PerkinElmer said this week that CEO and Chairman Greg Summe has adopted a prearranged plan in accordance with US Securities and Exchange Rule10b5-1 and with company policies for the exercise and share sell of 900,000 options that expire in January 2009. The shares were originally granted in January 1999.
 
After the sale of the shares, Summe would hold shares and options totaling 4.4 million shares.
 

 
Digilab Receives ISO Certification
 
Digilab Biovision said this week it has received ISO 9001:2000 certification from German environmental regulator TUV Rheinland for its peptide biomarker research services and collaborations business.
 
Digilab, based in Hanover, Germany, said that passing the ISO audit marked "an important milestone" for the company as it prepares its global marketing strategy for both its products and services.
 

 
SomaLogic, Archemix Expand Aptamer Development Deal
 
SomaLogic and Archemix said this week they have expanded their alliance to develop aptamers for therapeutic, diagnostic, and other applications.
 
Under terms of the agreement, Archemix receives exclusive rights to therapeutic uses of aptamers developed by SomaLogic for a limited number of targets identified by Archemix. It also has the option of providing targets to SomaLogic for the generation of aptamers.
 
SomaLogic receives rights to all ex vivo uses of aptamers that it did not previously hold. That includes using them for affinity purification.
 
Other terms of the agreement, including financial terms, were not disclosed.
 
SomaLogic, based in Boulder, Colo., develops protein-based diagnostics. Archemix, based in Cambridge, Mass., develops and commercializes aptamer-based therapeutics.

The Scan

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Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.