Becton Dickinson on Monday said it plans to sell its Clontech business unit, putting on the sales block one of the most recognized brand assets in the molecular biology tools market.

The Franklin Lakes, NJ-based BD said it has retained Goldman Sachs to manage the deal and plans to take a $125 million pre-tax charge contingent upon completion of any sale of Clontech, a company acquired for $201 million in 1999. Clontech has 220 employees.

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