Becton Dickinson to merge divisions in three states Little effect expected on Balto. County workers

Bioscience technology

September 04, 1998|By M. William Salganik | M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF

Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems, which employs about 1,700 in Baltimore County, will be merged with two other divisions of its corporate parent, New Jersey-based Becton Dickinson and Co., it was announced yesterday.

The result will be a bioscience and diagnostic business with about $1 billion in annual sales and 3,500 employees. About half of those are in Baltimore County, and they should not be affected by the combination, said Deborah J. Neff, who will head the new organization.

"This is an effort to drive our growth faster," Neff said.

Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems, which has locations in Hunt Valley and Sparks, makes instruments to identify infections. It will be combining with:

Becton Dickinson Immunocytometry Systems, based in San Jose, Calif., which makes instruments to analyze cells in diseases involving the immune system, including cancer and AIDS, and;

Becton Dickinson Labware in Franklin Lakes, N.J., which makes equipment and supplies for growing tissues.

Vincent A. Forlenza, president of the microbiology business in Baltimore, will become senior vice president for strategic planning and development at corporate headquarters, effective Jan. 1, when the businesses merge.

Neff, who will head the combined operation, is president of immunocytometry systems. She will be based in San Jose, but will maintain an office in Baltimore.

She said the three businesses "serve a lot of the same customers," and that combining them would make it easier to serve them and to reach new markets. Customers include hospitals, research laboratories and biotechnology companies. The new entity does not yet have a name.

Pub Date: 9/04/98

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