NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Illumina today sent a third letter to shareholders urging them to turn away Roche's hostile bid for the company. At the same time, Roche expressed disappointment in Illumina's rebuff of its increased offer last week.

Illumina's annual shareholder meeting is scheduled for April 18, during which stockholders will elect four board members and vote on a proposal by Roche to expand the board by two members. Roche has named its own candidates for all open board positions.

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