NEW YORK, Sept. 27 - PerkinElmer is now one step closer to acquiring Packard BioScience after shareholders from both firms approved the deal, the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday.

The merger, announced in July and reported by GenomeWeb , still remains subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including approval by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies expect to tie the knot in the fourth quarter.

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