FTC Clears Thermo Fisher's $14B Life Tech Buy With GE Deal

Law360, New York (January 31, 2014, 7:01 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Friday signed off on Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.'s $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corp. after the scientific research giant agreed to sell three businesses to General Electric Co.'s health care unit to assuage the watchdog's competition concerns.

The FTC worried that the deal would hinder competition for three types of products: reagents used to selectively "silence" certain genes for research, cell culture media used to grow cells outside the body and a blood-based product called cell culture sera used to...
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