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<< just a question. (1) Do you agree with what seems to be the implication of the ABSC decision to merge --- that the biotech tool-maker "pure play" model is simply not viable (i.e., "ya gotta have pipeline, baby!")? (2) If, notwithstanding ABSC's decision, it's NOT a generally non-viable model, are there any promising candidates to fill the space created in my portfolio by the disappearance of ABSC as a tool-maker "pure play"? >>

IMHO, a pure picks and shovels play is viable. Just not a one (or three) trick pony show. Look at Waters, or Applera, or Perken-Elmer, or Invitrogen. Aurora's major assest is its assay techniques, especially the florescent ones. The HTSS system has many competitors, (PCOP, MLMN, others) and Aurora was late to the party. Ditto with large libraries of compounds to test. They HAD to do something.

I expect there to be a bidding war for Aurora, so don't sell just yet.

Another consideration is taxes. If you like the combined company, consider selling at a loss, and buying VRTX. But wait till summer, you have 6 months for due dilegence.
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