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Danaher Expands Diagnostics Offerings Via $338 Mil. IRIS Acquisition

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Firm will combine IRIS International with its Beckman Coulter diagnostics unit. Deal adds leading worldwide provider of automated urine microscopy and chemistry systems, including IRIS’ fully-automated iQ bench-top analyzer for urine microscopy.

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