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EU Authorities Clear Invitrogen, ABI Merger

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Invitrogen and Applied Biosystems today said that European Union regulatory authorities have cleared their proposed $6.7 billion merger.
The deal already cleared US antitrust hurdles and is expected to close on Nov. 21, the firms said.
ABI stockholders have until the end of the business day on Nov. 19 to elect whether they will receive all cash, all stock, or a mix of the two in consideration for their shares.
As reported by GenomeWeb Daily News last week, the merged company will be called Life Technologies, rather than operating under the Applied Biosystems name, as initially planned.

The Scan

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