Laboratory Automation: Company Announcements

Laboratory Corporation purchased laboratory automation provider Protedyne. TTP LabTech appointed Matthew Cook as commercial development manager to further develop its custom automation business. CyBio AG established a Japanese subsidiary in April. In July, CyBio AG and MACHEREY-NAGEL GmbH announced they will jointly develop applications to automate MACHEREY-NAGEL’s kits on CyBio systems. CyBio AG reported first-half 2007 sales rose 44.4% to €9.1 million ($12.1 million) (see page 12), led by contract manufacturing. GeSiM, a company specializing in submicroliter liquid handling, named DKSH as its Malaysian distributor. Symyx Technologies’ Tools division appointed Gerard Abraham as president in July. He recently served at president of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Process Systems and Process Instruments division. Genetix named Terry Pizzie director of Global Commercial Operations as of September 1. Previously, he was senior vice president of Commercial Operations for Biacore. Adept Technology, a provider of vision-guided robotics and robotic services, named CT Robotics as its exclusive representative for the Northeast US. Alpha Innotech elected Dr. Joseph D. Keegan, former CEO of Molecular Devices, and Gus E. Davis, who served as COO of BioSource International, to its Board. They replace Dr. Nagesh S. Mhatre and Dr. Darryl Ray. Bio-Tek Instruments opened new offices in Beijing, China, and Mumbai, India, in a joint venture with Medi-Spec Instruments. In August, Corning acquired exclusive rights from Oerlikon to patents covering microplate-based optical biosensors related to its Epic system.

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