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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. 2014 was $184 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2014 was $534 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. 2014 was 95.9 (Sep. 2013 ) + 104.7 (Dec. 2013 ) + 149.7 (Mar. 2014 ) + 183.7 (Jun. 2014 ) = $534 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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