Updated: Illumina Presses Ahead With Grail Merger Despite Antitrust Regulators' Opposition
The companies will argue the deal is “pro-competitive and life-saving” at a US Federal Trade Commission administrative trial on 24 August, but the FTC maintains the deal will hinder innovation in the multi-cancer diagnostics market. The merger is also facing regulatory scrutiny in Europe.
You may also be interested in...
Exec Chat: Illumina CMO Looks From Pandemic Boom To Future Where Genomics Is ‘Foundational’ To Health Care
Illumina’s chief medical officer Phillip Febbo discusses expanding use cases for gene sequencing, the firm’s planned introduction of new long-read sequencing technology Infinity, the status of its Grail acquisition, and additional plans for 2022.
Illumina insists its proposed $8bn acquisition of Grail, the developer of the Galleri multi-cancer test, would be “pro-competitive.” But antitrust regulators in the US government and European Commission suspect the deal would reduce competition and innovation in the future genomic diagnostics market.
Four companies have brought noninvasive prenatal testing to the market within the past two years. Its dramatic, rapid uptake has triggered a backlash among many geneticists, who fear the consequences of a poorly understood – and overhyped – technology.