Danaher Corp., Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and several private-equity firms are among those considering offers for laboratory-equipment maker Beckman Coulter Inc. , three people with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Activists gathered with signs outside Merck’s East London offices last week, protesting the drugmaker’s involvement in a campaign to delay South Africa’s proposal to allow low-cost copies of patented drugs.
Sigma-Aldrich Corp. went toe-to-toe against larger rival Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. to acquire Life Technologies Corp., said people with knowledge of the matter, bidding through the weekend before falling short against Thermo’s $13.6 billion offer.
Beckman Coulter Inc. , a maker of laboratory equipment, is exploring a sale after it was approached by buyout firms interested in taking the company private, said people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP acted as legal advisers to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the second-biggest maker of life-sciences equipment by market value, which agreed to buy Life Technologies Corp. for $13.6 billion in cash in a deal that expands its reach in medical testing.