NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Clinical research organization Covance said after the close of the market on Wednesday that it will acquire Merck's Seattle-based gene expression laboratory.

Although the Princeton, NJ-based firm did not disclose the price of the acquisition, it said that Merck had committed to a five-year genomic analysis services contract worth $145 million as part of the deal. The lab performs genotyping, gene sequencing, and gene expression profiling services. The firms did not provide revenue figures for the lab.

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