The European Commission (Commission) has cleared the acquisition of US company Dade Behring by the German company, Siemens. Siemens participates in the manufacturing, technology and service sectors and overlaps with Dade Behring in the medical systems sector, where both parties are active in the immunochemistry business. The Commission’s investigation found that although there are horizontal overlaps between the undertakings, strong competition in the immunochemistry market would prevent price increases for laboratories and consumers. The Commission therefore cleared the merger following the simplified procedure