In a move billed as an integration of complementary technology companies, Nanogen plans to acquire Epoch Bioscience in a stock swap worth $58 million. Should shareholders approve the plan, which is expected to close in November or December, the acquisition will cap a difficult year for Nanogen, while pulling several related research products into the struggling company’s tent.

The move should also allow Nanogen to increase its share of the molecular diagnostics and research markets, according to Nanogen and Epoch company officials.

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