BURLINGTON, N.C. — The Federal Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of TriPath imaging by Becton, Dickinson, TriPath said Monday.

Becton, Dickinson, which has some 400 employees in Research Triangle Park, is paying some $350 million for TriPath (Nasdaq: TPTH). Becton Dickinson owned more than 6 percent of TriPath stock before the companies agreed to the acquisition in September.

TriPath has scheduled a shareholder meeting on Dec. 16 to vote on the deal.

TriPath: www.tripathimaging.com

Becton, Dickinson: www.bd.com