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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Varian Medical Systems Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $62 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was $251 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Varian Medical Systems Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was 60.01 (Jun. 2015 ) + 68.813 (Sep. 2015 ) + 59.981 (Dec. 2015 ) + 62.108 (Mar. 2016 ) = $251 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.
Varian Medical Systems Inc Annual Data
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Varian Medical Systems Inc Quarterly Data
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