STAT+: Pharmalittle: Illumina deal for Grail is blocked after EU veto; CVS buys Signify to expand into house calls

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Illumina will have to divest Grail after the European Union vetoed the $7.1 billion acquisition over concerns it would hurt competition and stifle innovation, Reuters reports. The European Commission, which acts as the competition enforcer in the 27-country bloc, said that Illumina’s remedies did not adequately address its concerns. Illumina completed the deal in August last year ahead of EU regulatory approval, resulting in an EU order to keep Grail separate and appoint independent managers to run the company until the investigation was concluded. Illumina said it would challenge the EU veto.

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