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Qiagen Monopoly In HPV Test Market Won’t Last, Judge Says

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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A U.S. district court turned down Third Wave Technologies' claims that Qiagen engages in anti-competitive behavior in the cervical cancer screening space, but the ruling suggests the direction of the market will be in Third Wave's favor

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