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US Regulators Clear Agilent to Buy Stratagene

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US Federal Trade Commission has cleared Agilent Technologies’ proposed acquisition of Stratagene, according to a notice on the FTC’s website.
 
Agilent in April offered to buy Stratagene for $246 million, or $10.94 per share.
 
At the time, Stratagene CEO Joseph Sorge said he plans to form a new company that will pay $6.6 million for some of Stratagene’s molecular diagnostics assets.

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