Illumina (Nasdaq:ILMN) announced today that the European Commission issued a decision prohibiting its planned acquisition of Grail.
San Diego-based Illumina said it is reviewing the order and intends to appeal the decision. The new hurdle in Europe follows last week’s U.S. Federal Trade Commission ruling in favor of the acquisition moving forward. An administrative law judge in the U.S. rejected the FTC’s argument that the $8 billion acquisition of Grail is anti-competitive.
The much-scrutinized acquisition of Grail, a cancer detection technology developer, has met a series of roadblocks along the way. In September 2020, Illumina agreed to acquire Grail, a startup that initially spun out from the company in 2016.
Illumina completed the acquisition in August 2021. However, Illumina agreed to hold Grail as a separate company as the European Commission conducted a regulatory review. Illumina argued Grail has no business in Europe. The company said the…