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Illumina to pay $7.1 billion for cancer test developer Grail - WSJ

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Gene sequencing company Illumina Inc will pay $7.1 billion in cash and stock to buy cancer test startup Grail Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Grail, which is developing a blood test to identify early-stage cancers, was founded by Illumina as a separate company in 2016 and is backed by Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

The deal for Grail, in which Illumina is the biggest shareholder with a 14.6% stake, is expected to be announced on Monday, according to the report here.

The company earlier this month filed for a U.S. initial public offering, without disclosing the offering size.

Grail owners excluding Illumina will get $3.1 billion in cash and shares in the gene-sequencer maker worth the remaining $4 billion, the report said.

Both Illumina and Grail did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Bloomberg News reported last week Illumina was nearing a deal for Grail. (Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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