NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Mergers and acquisitions in the omics and molecular diagnostics space stayed soft through the first half of the year as the number of deals dropped 33 percent year over year.

Through the six months ending June 30, 16 M&A deals were either announced or completed, down from 24 in the first half of 2013. Sequentially, the drop was 30 percent from 23 deals in the second half of 2013.

The numbers include those transactions in which an entire company was acquired, but does not include the purchases of assets or divisions only.

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