Japanese Biotech Takara Buys BD's Clontech Unit for $60M

Becton Dickinson has signed an agreement to sell its Clontech unit to Japanese firm Takara Bio for $60 million, BD recently announced.

The Clontech business had been on the block since October.

BD purchased the Clontech business in 1999 for $201 million. Several years of diminishing revenue returns and a realization that Clontech did not fit BD's business model made the sale a necessity for the medical device and diagnostics firm.

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