In Brief This Week: Life Technologies, FTC; Abbott; Saladax; PerkinElmer; Vermillion; More | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies said late last week in a regulatory filing that it has received a second request from the US Federal Trade Commission for more information about its pending $13.6 billion sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific. The company said it is cooperating with FTC and continues to expect the acquisition to close in early 2014.

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