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Sigma-Aldrich Completes Acquisition of BioReliance
Date:1/31/2012

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- From: Rakesh Sachdev, President and CEO:

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ: SIAL), a leading Life Science and High Technology company, announced it has completed its acquisition of  BioReliance Holdings, Inc.,  a leading provider of global biopharmaceutical testing services, from Avista Capital Partners for $350 million in cash, subject to normal post-closing adjustments. 

BioReliance provides critical services that include biologic, specialized toxicology and animal health testing to pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, diagnostics, and other life science customers worldwide.  As a leading provider of biological safety testing, its service offering helps facilitate the development, manufacturing and commercialization of biological drugs and helps enable its clients to register their products worldwide. As a service provider of toxicology studies, BioReliance also enables its clients to launch new small molecule drugs worldwide.  BioReliance employs over 650 people and is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, with additional operations in Glasgow and Stirling, Scotland and sales offices in Tokyo, Japan and Bangalore, India.

"BioReliance's global biopharmaceutical testing services will enable Sigma-Aldrich to build a specialized services platform that complements our existing products and technology strengths.  It will expand our participation in the fast growing biological drug market and will help forge deeper and stronger strategic ties with existing and new customers," said Rakesh Sachdev, President and CEO.

BioReliance will become part of SAFC, the custom manufacturing and services business unit of Sigma-Aldrich. Gilles Cottier, SAFC President commented, "The combination of BioReliance and SAFC provides a richer value proposition for the
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