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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $175 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2015 was $698 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2015 was 175.2 (Sep. 2014 ) + 182.5 (Dec. 2014 ) + 165.8 (Mar. 2015 ) + 174.6 (Jun. 2015 ) = $698 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.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc Annual Data
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc Quarterly Data
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