Issue Date: March 28, 2011
Merck Acquires Microbiology Business
Germany’s Merck has acquired the microbiology testing business of Dreieich, Germany-based Biotest. The business had 2010 sales of $67 million and has about 290 employees. Merck says the acquisition will be used to strengthen the industrial biomonitoring business of its EMD Millipore unit. Merck acquired U.S.-based Millipore in a $7.2 billion deal last year. Biotest’s ready-to-use media and its particle-counting and air-monitoring equipment are primarily used in the pharmaceutical, food, and personal care industries.
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