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Plucking up Courage, Beckman Buys Coulter

Executive Summary

Most people thought that the eventual acquirer for Coulter, which had been actively seeking a buyer recently--would be Johnson & Johnson or Roche. That it proved to be Beckman was something of a surprise. Beckman hopes that the combined companies will give it greater leverage with larger buyers and those seeking a broader array of tests from one supplier.

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