Life Science Instrument

Company Announcements Proxeon appointed Mårten Winge CEO in 2006. He joined the company from Olink Bioscience. Cenix BioScience GmbH, Applied Biosystems and the Biotechnology Center of the Technische Universität Dresden established a joint facility to develop tools and methods to enable more detailed and probative analyses of the cellular functions of therapeutically relevant genes. Applied Biosystems is collaborating with Eagle Research and Development to further develop Eagle’s single molecule detection device and has a two-year option to license the technology. NextGen acquired Proteomic Research Services (PRS) in November 2006 for $498,500 and up to $1.2 million based on revenue targets. PRS had 2005 revenues of $1.2 million. Gamma Medica-Ideas merged with Advanced Molecular Imaging in November 2006. The new company will be able to offer a complete range of digital imaging technologies, including PET, SPECT and CT systems. Alfa Wassermann Proteomic Technologies and Pressure BioSciences will jointly develop sample preparation methodologies utilizing their respective Pressure Cycling Technology and AW Promatix 1000 continuous-flow ultracentrifugation system to enrich low-abundance proteins and subcellular organelles from cells and tissues. Olympus was named the exclusive Asian distributor for VisEn Medical’s fluorescence molecular tomography imaging systems and probes. NABsys, which is developing a hybridization-assisted nanopore sequencing platform, acquired GeneSpectrum, a reagent and microarray developer in December 2006. Philips Medical Systems will comarket and codistribute Bioscan’s in vivo molecular imaging products in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Solexa announced that it shipped 13 1G Genome Analyzers to 10 early-access customers in 2006. Product Introductions Caliper Life Sciences launched the LabChip microfluidic-based Desktop Profiler for kinase profiling and the Profiler Pro kinase panel kits. Wyatt introduced the Eclipse separation system based on flow field-flow fractionation. Eastman Kodak Molecular Imaging Systems released the KODAK In-Vivo Multispectral system featuring multispectral fluorescence, luminescence, digital x-ray and radioisotopic imaging capabilities. ForteBio launched the Amine Reactive and Protein A Biosensors for kinetic analysis and measuring antibody concentrations, respectively, for use on its Octet System.

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