TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that it's been offered $4.15 billion by The Carlyle Group for its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business, a year after J&J began reviewing strategic options for the blood-testing unit as part of a routine pruning of its extensive family of businesses.
J&J, based in New Brunswick, N.J., has until March 31 to decide whether to accept the offer. Johnson & Johnson executives plan to discuss the offer Tuesday, when the health giant and consumer products company reports fourth-quarter results. The company said Thursday that it will consult with works councils and trade unions representing the unit's employees before making a decision.
The Ortho-Clinical business serves hospitals, testing laboratories and blood banks.
One division supplies equipment and chemicals to screen donated blood for HIV, hepatitis C and other serious diseases, and for typing donated blood to ensure patients get safe, compatible blood transfusions. The other division makes technology for advanced testing of blood to diagnose a range of health conditions and to monitor the effects of medication.
Established in 1937, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics is based in Raritan, N.J., and has factories in Rochester, N.Y.; Pompano Beach, Fla., and Pencoed, Wales. It has more than 4,500 employees and operates in more than 30 countries worldwide.
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