TAP Biosystems Group plc shareholders approve Sartorius’ takeover offer

Goettingen, November 22, 2013 - The shareholders of UK company TAP Biosystems Group plc approved Sartorius’ takeover offer at the shareholder meetings held yesterday. The cash offer made through Sartorius’ wholly-owned subsidiary Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH valued TAP Biosystems Group plc at approximately €33 million. The transaction is expected to close at the end of 2013.

The planned takeover of TAP Biosystems Group plc will enable Sartorius to further extend its bioprocess portfolio in the area of fermentation, especially in the early phases of product and process development. TAP Biosystems specializes in the design and development of smallscale, multi-parallel fermentation and cell culture systems for biopharmaceutical applications. Furthermore, TAP Biosystems’ portfolio includes automated cell processing systems and other benchtop equipment. Founded in 1987, the company is headquartered in Royston, UK. TAP Biosystems generated sales revenue of approximately €26 million in 2012/2013 and employs around 160 people worldwide.

This press release contains statements about the future development of the Sartorius Group. The content of these statements cannot be guaranteed as they are based on assumptions and estimates that harbor certain risks and uncertainties.

 A Profile of Sartorius

The Sartorius Group is a leading international laboratory and process technology provider covering the segments of Bioprocess Solutions, Lab Products & Services and Industrial Weighing. In 2012, the technology group earned sales revenue of 845.7 million euros. Founded in 1870, the Goettingen-based company currently employs around 5,500 persons. The major areas of activity of its Bioprocess Solutions segment cover filtration, fluid management, fermentation, cell cultivation and purification, and focus on production processes in the biopharmaceutical industry. The Lab Products & Services segment primarily manufactures laboratory instruments and consumables. Industrial Weighing concentrates on weighing, monitoring and control applications in the manufacturing processes of the food, chemical and pharma sectors. Sartorius has its own production facilities in Europe, Asia and America as well as sales subsidiaries and local commercial agencies in more than 110 countries.

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