Volume 93 Issue 47 | pp. 17-18
Issue Date: November 30, 2015

The Making Of MilliporeSigma

Udit Batra, CEO of the new life sciences supply giant, reveals Merck KGaA’s plans for Sigma-Aldrich
Department: Business
Keywords: lab chemicals, lab supplies, life sciences, consolidation, acquisition

On Nov. 18, Merck KGaA closed on the biggest acquisition in its 347-year history: the $17.0 billion purchase of the research-chemical supply house Sigma-Aldrich.

Announced in September 2014, the deal took more than a year to close. A major impediment was concern by European Union regulators that Merck would have too much market share in Europe’s lab chemical market. It was removed in late October when Honeywell International . . .

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