LabCorp is diversifying. The big diagnostics player has swooped in to buy the contract research organization Covance for $6.1 billion in cash and stock, confident that a combination of its expertise with Covance’s approach to contract drug development will make for a successful merger.
Fast-growing R&D services outfit WuXi PharmaTech is marching ahead with plans to wrap a $250 million venture fund aimed at U.S. and China life sciences companies. WuXi filed documents with the SEC last week outlining the goal for WuXi Healthcare Ventures Fund II, which it’s already made a $50 million anchor investment in. …read more […]