PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian (NYSE: VAR) today announced that its stockholders have voted to approve the previously announced pending combination with Siemens Healthineers AG (Frankfurt: SHL) at a special meeting. Varian stockholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the transaction.
"The overwhelming support our stockholders have expressed for this combination reflects the compelling value and important opportunity to shape the future of healthcare we see with Siemens Healthineers," said Dow Wilson, Chief Executive Officer. "This vote brings us closer not only toward completing this transformative combination, but also toward realizing our vision of a world without fear of cancer. We look forward to securing the remaining regulatory approvals and closing the transaction."
Varian continues to work toward completing the transaction and remains focused on supporting customers and their patients. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of calendar year 2021, subject to other regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
The final vote results will be filed in a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
At Varian, we envision a world without fear of cancer. For more than 70 years, we have developed, built and delivered innovative cancer care technologies and solutions for our clinical partners around the globe to help them treat millions of patients each year. With an Intelligent Cancer Care approach, we are harnessing advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics to enhance cancer treatment and expand access to care. Our 10,000 employees across 70 locations keep the patient and our clinical partners at the center of our thinking as we power new victories in cancer care. Because, for cancer patients everywhere, their fight is our fight. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.
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