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Thermo Fisher Scientific to acquire Affymetrix for $1.3 billion

Thermo Fisher Scientific to acquire Affymetrix for $1.3 billion

WALTHAM, Mass. – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., announced Jan. 8 that it has agreed to acquire Affymetrix Inc. for $14.00 per share in cash, or roughly $1.3 billion. The transaction, approved by the boards of directors of both companies is pending shareholder approval and is expected to close in the second quarter this year.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Affymetrix was founded in 1992 and is a pioneer in the field of microarray technology, launching its GeneChip line in 1994. Today, the company serves both the life sciences research and clinical markets.

Over the past ten years, the company has broadened its portfolio of tools that enable both multiplexed and parallel analysis of biological systems at the cell, protein and genetic level. Notable acquisitions for Affymetrix have included genetic tools company ParAllele Bioscience (2005), genetic, protein and cellular analysis provider Panomics (2008), and eBioscience (2012), which included one of the world’s largest selections of antibodies, ELISAs, and proteins for life science research and diagnostics.

“The acquisition of Affymetrix will strengthen our leadership in biosciences and create new market opportunities for us in genetic analysis,” said Marc N. Casper, president and CEO of Thermo Fisher Scientific. “In biosciences, the company’s antibody portfolio will significantly expand our offering in the fast-growing flow cytometry market, and customers will have greater access to these products through our global scale and commercial reach. In genetic analysis, Affymetrix’s technologies are highly complementary and present new opportunities for us in targeted clinical and applied markets.”

According to Frank Whitney, president and CEO of Affymetrix, the acquisition will allow the company to continue to build upon the close relationships it has created with customers, while deepening its reach into the biopharma market. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine our portfolios and strengthen our position in high-growth markets such as single-cell biology, reproductive health and AgBio,” Whitney added in a prepared statement.

According to information provided by Thermo Fisher, benefits of the acquisition include expanding its offerings of its antibody portfolio via the eBioscience line of products, which also includes multiplex RNA, and protein and single-cell assays. It also will add genetic analysis capabilities via complementary products used in cytogenetics, genotyping and gene expression.

Thermo expects Affymetrix will add $0.10 in adjusted earnings per share in the first full year of ownership, while creating $70 million in operational savings by year three. Affymetrix has annual revenues of approximately $350 million and will be integrated within Thermo Fisher’s Life Sciences Solutions business unit.