Invitrogen puts up $57M for CellzDirect buyout

Invitrogen is buying out CellzDirect in a $57 million cash deal. CellzDirect provides R&D operations hepatocyte-based cell products and other services used to test new drugs. Primary human hepatocytes can be used to predict a compound's effects on enzymatic metabolism in the liver, helping to avoid trial failures. CellzDirect was set up seven years ago and has facilities in North Carolina and Austin.

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