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Abbott Laboratories has announced plans to acquire Ibis Biosciences, the molecular diagnostics division of Isis Pharmaceuticals. Abbott invested $40 million in the company earlier this year, and will purchase all remaining equity for $175 million. 
 
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals has announced the acquisition of Thiakis Limitied, a privately held biotech based in the UK. Thiakis lead product candidate, TKS 1225, will potentially treat obesity and other co-morbidities. 
 
New England-based pharma research firm Charles River Laboratories will invest $20 million and create 60 jobs by expanding its Charleston, SC, operations.
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