Covance Expands Its Antibody Products and Services With the Acquisition of Signet Laboratories

PRINCETON, N.J., May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Covance Inc. (NYSE: CVD) today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Signet Laboratories, Inc. for $8.95 million. Signet, which is based in Dedham, MA, is a leading provider of monoclonal antibodies used in the research of cancer, infectious disease and neurodegenerative disease.

"This acquisition strengthens Covance's leadership position in providing antibodies and detection reagents that support early drug development discovery work," said Joe Herring, Covance Chairman and CEO. "These new service offerings will allow us to tap into commercial opportunities in the pharmaceutical and clinical diagnostics markets. We look forward to integrating these new products and services in our drug development portfolio, and in particular with our industry leading preclinical and central laboratory services."

"Signet's outstanding line of immunological diagnostic kits and reagents enhances Covance's well-established line of antibodies for neuroscience, neurodegenerative disease research, and epitope tags," said Tony Cork, Corporate Senior Vice President and co-President of Early Development. "We are excited to welcome Signet employees to Covance as they help us deliver enhanced solutions to our clients engaged in discovery and early-phase drug development studies."

Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies with annual revenues greater than $1 billion, global operations in more than 20 countries, and more than 7,400 employees worldwide. Information on Covance's products and services, recent press releases, and SEC filings can be obtained through the Covance website.

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