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In Brief This Week: Life Technologies; Qiagen; Leica Biosystems; Becton Dickinson; PerkinElmer; MOgene, Intuitive Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies this week said that it will provide a complete workflow to researchers aiming to identify 20,000 human remains found in mass graves in Libya. Life Tech will provide a variety of forensic DNA technologies and samples will be processed by its Dubai-based distributor Integrated Gulf Biosystems. The project is being funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from Spanish oil firm Repsol.

Investment bank RW Baird raised its stock price target on Qiagen to $26 from $20 after the firm posted fourth-quarter revenues above estimates and provided 2013 guidance above Wall Street's expectations.

Leica Biosystems announced this week that it has opened an R&D facility in the Boston area of Massachusetts, which will focus on development of companion diagnostics.

The board of directors of Becton Dickinson this week declared a quarterly dividend of $.495 per common share. The dividend is payable on March 29 to holders of record on March 8.

PerkinElmer's board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $.07 per share. The dividend is payable on May 10 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 19.

MOgene announced a partnership with Intuitive Genomics this week to further expand its bioinformatics capabilities. The St. Louis-based genomics services provider didn't disclose any details of the expansion.

In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.