Carlsbad-based Life Technologies Corp. announced that its stockholders recently voted approval of the $13.6 billion merger with Waltham, Mass.-based Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The merge, which was initially announced in April, is expected to close early next year.

More than 98 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the transaction and represented more than 72 percent of all outstanding shares, Life Technologies (Nasdaq: LIFE) said.

— Meghana Keshavan