Corning Incorporated

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In the Matter of Corning Incorporated
FTC Matter/File Number:

1210133

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

On 10/31/2012, the FTC required Corning, Inc. to transfer assets and to supply some of its laboratory products to another company, under a proposed settlement that resolves charges that Corning’s proposed acquisition of Becton, Dickinson and Company’s Discovery Labware Division would otherwise be anticompetitive. Under the FTC settlement, Corning will provide assets and assistance to enable life science company Sigma-Aldrich Co., LLC to manufacture Corning’s line of tissue culture treated (TCT) dishes, multi-well plates, and flasks in a manner substantially similar to Corning’s process. Until Sigma Aldrich develops its own manufacturing capabilities for these products, Corning will supply them to Sigma Aldrich to be marketed under Sigma Aldrich’s own brand, allowing Sigma Aldrich to immediately replace the competition lost as a result of Corning’s acquisition of Discovery Labware. On 12/21/2012, the FTC approved a final order settling charges that Corning, Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Becton, Dickinson and Company's Discovery Labware Division would have been anticompetitive.