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BioMerieux Acquires Microbial Genotyping Firm Bacterial Barcodes

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — BioMerieux said today that it has acquired molecular biotechnology firm Bacterial Barcodes.

Bacterial Barcodes, based in Athens, Ga., has developed and markets DiversiLab, a system for automated microbial genotyping that can be used to track hospital-acquired infections, and for environmental control for product safety. 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The addition of [DiversiLab to] bioMerieux's technology portfolio is perfectly aligned with the company's strategic commitment to focus on infectious diseases, as well as on industrial applications,” Eric Bouvier, president and CEO of BioMerieux’s North American operations, said in a statement.

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