UCLA Startup, One Lambda Inc., Acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific for $925 Million

The world’s second-largest maker of health-care equipment, Thermo Fisher Scientific, agreed to acquire One Lambda Inc. for $925 million to expand in specialty diagnostics.

From Thermo Fisher:

“WALTHAM, Mass. and CANOGA PARK, Calif. (July 16, 2012) – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO), the world leader in serving science, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire One Lambda, the leader in transplant diagnostics, for $925 million in cash, subject to a post-closing adjustment. The purchase price includes the cost of a three-year retention program established by One Lambda for the benefit of key employees, amounts payable to certain shareholders for noncompetition agreements, and a one-year earn-out provision based on the achievement of certain financial targets. The transaction, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012, is expected to be immediately accretive upon close and add $0.09 to $0.11 to Thermo Fisher’s 2013 adjusted earnings per share (EPS).

Founded in 1984 by Dr. Paul Terasaki, a pre-eminent researcher in the field of transplantation, One Lambda is a pioneer in transplant diagnostics. One Lambda’s diagnostic tests are used by transplant centers for tissue typing, primarily to determine the compatibility of donors and recipients pre-transplant, and to detect the presence of antibodies that can lead to transplant rejection. One Lambda is privately held and has approximately 320 employees, primarily based in Canoga Park, Calif., who serve more than 1,400 laboratories worldwide. The business, which generated revenue of $182 million in 2011, will become part of Thermo Fisher’s Specialty Diagnostics Segment.

“One Lambda is an exciting addition to our specialty diagnostics portfolio,” said Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher. “The One Lambda team has pioneered market-leading tests that are widely used across the transplant-testing workflow to improve patient outcomes. With its strong technology platform, high margin profile and good growth prospects, the business is perfectly aligned with our specialty in vitro diagnostics strategy…”

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