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Exact Sciences Buys Time with Genzyme Deal

Executive Summary

On the heels of its rejection of a buyout from Sequenom, Exact Sciences announced a $24.5 million IP licensing deal with Genzyme. The transaction effectively halted Sequenom's takeover effort and bought Exact time for clinical development of a next-generation version of its stool-based colorectal cancer screening test. It'sa hefty deal, but Exact's path to sustainability remains problematic.

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