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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Alere Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Jun. 2016 was $28 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was $120 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Alere Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was 36.011 (Sep. 2015 ) + 28.228 (Dec. 2015 ) + 27.062 (Mar. 2016 ) + 28.446 (Jun. 2016 ) = $120 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Alere Inc Annual Data
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Alere Inc Quarterly Data
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