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Becton Dickson, TriPath Receive Merger OK

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — The Federal Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of

TriPath Imaging

by

Becton, Dickinson

, TriPath said Monday.

Becton, Dickinson, which has some 400 employees in Research Triangle Park, is paying some $350 million for TriPath (Nasdaq: TPTH). Becton Dickinson owned more than 6 percent of TriPath stock before the companies agreed to the acquisition in September.

TriPath has scheduled a shareholder meeting on Dec. 16 to vote on the deal.

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