Sigma-Aldrich announced this week that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Proligo from specialty chemical giant Degussa, further advancing a wave of consolidation that has been sweeping the RNAi reagent market recently.

According to Sigma-Aldrich, Proligo, which has about 300 employees, racked up sales of $40 million in 2004. Depending on when the acquisition closes, as much as nine months of Proligo’s operating results will be added to Sigma-Aldrich’s top line in 2005, boosting its overall sales growth by 2 percent.

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