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An acquisition helps carry ERBA Diagnostics to a (small) 2013 profit

ERBA Diagnostics has something to crow about for 2013. Year-over-year, the Florida in vitro diagnostics outfit swung from a net loss to a small profit, aided, in part, by a surge in new revenue stemming from a 2012 acquisition. The company said it is eyeing more M&A deals in 2014.

Sequenom scores a blow against Illumina in prenatal Dx patent fight

Sequenom scored against Illumina's Verinata Health in a ruling at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office involving noninvasive prenatal genetic diagnostic tech. Wasting no time, executives plan to use that decision as a weapon in an ongoing legal battle between the two California companies.

GE Healthcare's Dineen: A quest for new acquisitions will continue

Despite heavy competition, GE Healthcare will forge ahead with its ongoing acquisition spree, division chairman and CEO John Dineen has said. Execs are continuing their search for more information technology and life sciences diagnostic deals to help enhance the company's edge.

Qiagen licenses biomarker for rare blood disorders with a molecular Dx in mind

Qiagen snatched up a biomarker from an Austrian research group that will aid in the development of a test designed to better diagnose rare blood disorders.

UCLA, working with a Chinese partner, will build a high-tech Dx lab in Shanghai

The University of California and a Chinese company will launch a high-end medical lab in Shanghai expected to handle molecular diagnostics and other tests for Chinese patients. They're billing the initiative as the first of its kind between a Chinese company and a U.S. academic medical center.

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