Merck acquire Biotest’s microbiology business

Merck to acquire Biotest’s microbiology business

3:32 PM, 10th June 2011
Merck to acquire Biotest’s microbiology business

The acquisition allows the Merck Millipore division to complete its product portfolio in the attractive growth segment industrial microbiology for contamination detection. Specifically, the business will add to Merck Millipore’s existing dehydrated cell culture media and testing systems the so called “ready-to-use” culture media and instruments.

DARMSTADT, GERMANY: Merck KGaA announced that it will acquire the microbiology business of Biotest AG, Dreieich, Germany. This business comprises heipha Dr Müller GmbH, located in Eppelheim, Germany, as well as the Hycon business located in Dreieich, the subsidiaries in France, Japan and in the USA as well as further activities and employees in several European countries. In all, the business has approximately 290 employees and sales of approximately EUR 50 million in 2010. Subject to approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2011.

 

The acquisition allows the Merck Millipore division to complete its product portfolio in the attractive growth segment industrial microbiology for contamination detection. Specifically, the business will add to Merck Millipore’s existing dehydrated cell culture media and testing systems the so called “ready-to-use” culture media and instruments. “Due to increasing quality standards and regulatory scrutiny in combination with an increasing efficiency pressure in the relevant industries, the demand is shifting quickly to ready-to-use culture media and all-in-one solutions,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head - Lab Solutions business unit, Merck Millipore. It is planned to integrate biotest’s microbiology activities into Merck Millipore’s Lab Solutions business unit.

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