Cell-Based Analysis

Company Announcements Partec GmbH opened a North American office in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, in January. Nikon Instruments opened a cellular imaging center at France’s National Center for Scientific Research. It is the seventh such center set up by Nikon. In January, Leica Microsystems acquired Cell Analysis, a developer of imaging software for histopathology. In January, Mauna Kea Technologies closed a $30 million financing round led by Psilos Group. The company changed the name of its US operations to Cellvizio. Cellvizio appointed Chris Tihansky, most recently president and CEO of Surgical Services, as president in February and established its US operations base in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cell Signaling Technology will develop and validate antibodies on TTP LabTech’s Acumen Explorer/X3 microplate cytometric platform. Following a corporate restructuring to reduce its staff by 40%, which was the result of an adverse decision in its arbitration with Veridex, Immunicon announced in April that it is considering strategic alternatives. Rikaken will exclusively distribute Cell Kinetics’ CKChip in Japan. Under an alliance with Horizon Discovery, Caliper Life Sciences’ Caliper Discovery Alliances and Services added isogenic human cancer cell lines to its oncology cell proliferation panel. Cellectricon named Jonas Ohlsson, former CEO at Mentice AB, CEO in April. Former acting CEO Dr. Mattias Karlsson was appointed CTO. Product Introductions Beckman Coulter introduced the Q-Check program for its Quanta SC and Quanta SC MPL flow cytometers for instrument qualification. WaferGen Biosystems launched the SmartSlide 200 Micro-Incubation System, featuring programmable perfusion of multiple nutrients and gases. MDS Analytical Technologies released the CellKey 384 System, a 384-well formatted version of the CellKey. BioForce Nanosciences introduced the Nano eNabler CB, its molecular printer adapted for cellular biology. Cellectricon AB launched the Cellaxess HT System, a fully automated high-throughput transfection system. In April, Accuri Cytometers launched the two-laser, six-detector Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer System, a cost-effective, easy-to-use flow cytometer. Amnis released IDEAS statistical image data analysis software 3.0, featuring eight new masking functions. Nexcelom Bioscience introduced the Cellometer Vision automated cell counter, featuring the ability to detect and quantify fluorescing cells.

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