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What's Next for Abbott in IVD?

Executive Summary

Abbott and GE Healthcare broke off their $8.13 billion deal for Abbott's diagnostics and point-of-care businesses. The difficulty of delivering something so heavily integrated into Abbott appears to have surprised both sides. It's unlikely Abbott will seek another buyer and it is poised to make new investments in diagnostics. GE is also likely to continue pursuing more targeted acquisitions in diagnostics including, like Abbott, in molecular testing.

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The Pace of Development of Molecular Imaging Agents

The adoption of new in vivo molecular imaging agents may eventually follow the current path of in vitro diagnostics, which for some products is shifting from a cost-effectiveness standard for reimbursement toward an evidence-based. But the companies most likely to support the clinical trials that would establish such benefits are only slowly integrating the development of molecular agents into their core businesses. IVD - an area of acquisition interest for these companies -may be the force that transforms them into more biologically minded and innovation-driven entities, and in so doing it may bolster the development of molecular imaging agents.

The Pace of Development of Molecular Imaging Agents

The adoption of new in vivo molecular imaging agents may eventually follow the current path of in vitro diagnostics, which for some products is shifting from a cost-effectiveness standard for reimbursement toward an evidence-based. But the companies most likely to support the clinical trials that would establish such benefits are only slowly integrating the development of molecular agents into their core businesses. IVD - an area of acquisition interest for these companies -may be the force that transforms them into more biologically minded and innovation-driven entities, and in so doing it may bolster the development of molecular imaging agents.

Amersham Little Help to GE Healthcare in This Down Market

As befits this struggling economy, each of the Big Three in diagnostic imaging sounded downbeat in their 2008 year-end financial assessments. But more so than the other two, GE Healthcare focuses on the development of new imaging agents, owing to its acquisition of Amersham in late 2003. Ant that integration has been admittedly slow.

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