In a deal that would create the largest immunoassay company in the US, Beckman Coulter this week said it plans to acquire Biosite for $1.55 billion.
 
While giving Beckman a portfolio of proteomic-based diagnostics, the deal would also significantly increase geographic opportunities for Biosite’s technology.
 

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