Competition Markets Authority
Date of referral: 27 June 2019
Statutory deadline: 11 December 2019
Parties response to notice of possible remedies
24 October 2019: The CMA has provisionally found competition concerns as part of its in-depth investigation of the anticipated acquisition between Illumina and PacBio.
- Press release: Illuminas takeover of PacBio raises competition concerns (24.10.19)
Third party submissions
1 August 2019: The issues statement sets out the scope of the inquiry. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions. The deadline for submissions on the issues statement is 5pm, Thursday 15 August 2019.
Response to phase 1 decision
Inquiry group appointed
27 June 2019: The CMA has appointed the inquiry group:
Terms of reference
27 June 2019: the CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Illumina, Inc. of Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. for an in-depth investigation.
|Phase 1 date||Action|
|18 June 2019||Decision announced|
|17 April 2019||Launch of merger inquiry|
|17 April to 3 May 2019||Invitation to comment|
27 June 2019: The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Illumina Inc. of Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. for an in-depth investigation, on the basis that, on the information currently available to it, it is or may be the case that this merger has resulted or may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom.
Reference unless undertakings accepted
18 June 2019: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger has resulted or may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns.
- News story: Illuminas takeover of PacBio raises competition concerns (18.6.19)
Launch of merger inquiry
17 April 2019: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
Invitation to comment: closes 3 May 2019
17 April 2019: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.
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