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Cytyc’s Higher Bid For Vision Systems Puts Ball Back In Ventana’s Court

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Cytyc's proposed $374 mil. offer for cancer and infectious disease detection equipment maker Vision Systems Sept. 13 could start a bidding war for the Australian company

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Danaher Beats Out Cytyc, Ventana In Battle For Vision Systems

Cytyc and Ventana are bowing out of a bidding war for cancer and infectious disease detection equipment maker Vision Systems, which says it prefers a richer offer valued at $520 mil. from diversified industrial firm Danaher

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