Invitrogen this week announced that it plans to acquire privately held CellzDirect, a hepatocyte-focused products and services company, for approximately $57 million in cash.
 
The transaction, expected to close before the end of March, gives Invitrogen a toehold in the growing hepatocyte market, which is estimated to be worth around $2 billion, and expands its presence in what a company official considers the higher-margin, higher-growth areas of the cellular sciences market.
 

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