Invitrogen's plan to spend half a billion dollars on acquisitions in 2006 remains on track, Chairman and CEO Greg Lucier said during a conference call last week, despite what he views as higher premiums being paid for acquisition targets.

Lucier also said during the call, which followed the release of Invitrogen's first-quarter results, that the firm believes the BioReliance business, which has struggled over the last year, will recover and return to positive sales growth this year.

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