Surface Science: Company Announcements

Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH acquired Clarient’s equipment business and related assets, consisting of the ACIS and Trestel Instruments Systems for clinical tissue-based cancer diagnostics, for $11 million in cash in March. Dako Denmark A/S will assist in marketing the systems.

In July, Carl Zeiss SMT moved its North American headquarters from Thornwood, New York, to a new 53,000 sq. ft. facility in Boston, Massachusetts.

Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH licensed Harvard University’s Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering microscope technology.

Zyvex Instruments named Randy Schussler, formerly president of Codekko Software, general manager in June. Zyvex Instruments is one of four new business units created following the reorganization of Zyvex.

Millbrook Scientific Instruments appointed Stephen Blank, formerly group planning and finance director for Swinton Insurance, to its Board in June.

Veeco’s six-month sales declined 3.7% to $197.9 million. Orders decreased 19.1% to $218.4 million. Operating income fell 89.9% to $728,000. Research and Industrial sales increased 17.2% to $54.2 million. The company forecasts annual revenues to decline 5%–10% to $400–$420 million.

Veeco Instruments entered into an agreement in July, which includes the payment of $5.5 million, to settle securities class action litigation related to a 2005 restatement of financial results.

In July, Photometrics, Gatan, Media Cybernetics and Qimaging formed the Microimaging Application Group to offer integrated solutions for microimaging that will be distributed under the new MAG Biosystems brand.

In August, FEI and the Scripps Institute released open source licenses to the Leginon software system for transmission electron microscope (TEM) applications.

Nanometrics named Timothy J. Stultz president and CEO in August. He was previously president and CEO of Imago Scientific Instruments.

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