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Diagnostics company Axis-Shiel buys US firm

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Image caption Axis-Shield says the acquisition reinforces its leading position in homocysteine testing

The Dundee medical diagnostics firm Axis-Shield has said it is to acquire a US chemical company for about £6.3m.

Axis will buy the clinical chemistry homocysteine business from Washington-based Catch Incorporated.

The company said the acquisition reinforces its leading position in homocysteine testing.

A homocysteine test measures the amount of the amino acid in the blood and can be used to assess the risk of heart attack.

Axis-Shield has also developed testing systems for a wide variety of conditions and diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and septicaemia.

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