NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Thermo Fisher Scientific today announced a definitive agreement to buy research chemical manufacturer Alfa Aesar for £256 million ($403 million). 

The deal is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 and will be integrated into Thermo Fisher's Laboratory Products and Services segment. 

Based in Heysham, UK, Alfa Aesar is part of Johnson Matthey and has 480 employees. Among its product offerings are chemicals for DNA-, RNA-, and PCR-based research, products for DNA and protein labeling, and proteomics reagents and kits. 

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