More than 98 percent of votes cast at the Special Meeting were in favor of the transaction, representing more than 72 percent of all outstanding shares.
"Today's approval represents a significant milestone and brings us one step closer to joining Thermo Fisher," said Gregory T. Lucier, chairman and chief executive officer of Life Technologies. "I want to thank all of our stockholders for their support, which is a testament to the tremendous advantages and opportunities that this transaction provides to stakeholders of both companies. We look forward to joining together with Thermo Fisher in order to accelerate innovation for our customers and achieve greater success in a highly competitive global industry."
As previously announced on April 15, 2013, the Board of Directors of Life Technologies approved a definitive agreement under which Thermo Fisher will acquire Life Technologies for $76.00 per share in cash, subject to potential increase in certain circumstances if the merger does not close by January 14, 2014, as described in the definitive proxy statement relating to the merger. The transaction, which is expected to close early in 2014, remains subject to the satisfaction of the closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement, including regulatory approvals.