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Thermo Fisher plans to expand into proteomics with Olink acquisition

Following agreement by the respective boards of directors, Thermo Fisher Scientific in mid-October announced plans to acquire Olink Holding for US$3.1 billion. The acquisition will enable Thermo Fisher to expand into proteomics and complement its platforms in life sciences and mass spectrometry. Olink offers solutions for advanced proteomics discovery and development.

Olink’s proprietary technology, Proximity Extension Assay (PEA), provides high throughput protein analysis for the very large installed base of qPCR and next-generation sequencing readout systems in the market. With a library of more than 5,300 validated protein biomarker targets, adoption of the technology has been very strong, leading to over 1,400 scientific publications. Headquartered in Sweden, Olink has operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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“The acquisition of Olink underscores the profound impact that proteomics is having as our customers continue to advance life science research and precision medicine,” said Marc N. Casper, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher. “Olink’s proven and transformative innovation is highly complementary to our leading mass spectrometry and life sciences platforms. Our company is uniquely positioned to bring this technology to customers enabling them to meaningfully accelerate discovery and scientific breakthroughs. We look forward to welcoming Olink’s colleagues to Thermo Fisher.”

Jon Heimer, CEO of Olink commented: “Olink is dedicated to improving the understanding of human biology by accelerating the use of next-generation proteomics and providing industry-leading data quality at unprecedented scale. Thermo Fisher’s deep life sciences expertise, global reach and proven operational excellence will enable significant opportunities for both customers and colleagues, while also providing immediate value to our shareholders.”

The transaction, which is expected to be completed by mid-2024, is subject to customary closing conditions.