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Date:6/9/2008

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BEDFORD, Mass. and MADISON, Wisc., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX), of Bedford, Mass., announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Third Wave Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWTI) for a purchase price of $11.25 per share, or approximately $580 million in value, representing an approximately 24% premium to Third Wave's average trading price over the last three months. The Boards of Directors of both companies unanimously approved the transaction in which Hologic is to acquire 100% of Third Wave's stock in a cash tender offer to be followed by a merger to acquire any untendered shares. The transaction, completion of which is anticipated in the third calendar quarter of 2008, is expected to be modestly dilutive to Hologic's adjusted earnings per share in the first full year after closing, and increasingly accretive thereafter.

Third Wave develops and markets molecular diagnostic reagents for a wide variety of DNA and RNA analysis applications based on its proprietary Invader(R) chemistry. The company's current clinical diagnostic offerings consist of products for conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Hepatitis C, cardiovascular risk and other diseases. The company recently submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pre-market approval (PMA) applications for two human papilloma virus, or HPV, tests. These submissions are based on a su
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