FORBES – Only a tiny number of businesses have the expertise to deliver high-quality tests. Companies charged with producing tests must be able to reduce the risk of yielding a false negative. The other important factor is scale. Only the largest companies with the best supply chains will realistically be able to produce the huge number of tests required. The business that’s going to reap the biggest benefits of this is Danaher. The Washington D.C. company is built around core principles of lean manufacturing. The idea is to build synergies among its 24 subsidiaries by constantly innovating and building economies of scale. A lean, integrated conglomerate has better profit margins. It also has stronger supply chains. And in a crisis, supply chains are vital.

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