Esco introduced the Swift range of thermal cyclers, including Swift Mini and Swift Maxi models and the Swift Spectrum four-channel real-time cyclers. Sigma-Aldrich launched the GenomePlex Tissue Whole Genome Amplification Kit, featuring an optimized tissue lysis and extraction procedure that eliminates the need for deparaffinization or DNA purification. Applied Biosystems introduced the AmpFLSTR MiniFiler PCR […]

Nanotechnology has been a familiar buzzword for a number of years, but the field itself has yet to meet its impressive potential. While there is no shortage of companies involved in nanotechnology, Nanosys, based in Palo Alto, California, has attracted considerable attention since its founding in 2001. In March, Nanosys partnered with Bruker Daltonics for […]

Horiba introduced the Vacuum Cell dry powder option and Slurry Sampler autosampler for its Partica LA-950 Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer. Reichert Analytical Instruments released the Abbe Mark II manual transmission refractometer. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments introduced the EZ Test line of universal tabletop testers, comprising two base models. Viscotek launched the HorizonDLS microplate instrument, featuring […]

Washington, DC 5/4/07—Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) provider Starlims has filed for a US initial public offering of shares of its common stock on the NASDAQ exchange. The company plans to list 2.1 million shares at a price of $13.70–$15.50 per ordinary share for expected net proceeds of $25.9–$37.4 million. The company has been listed […]

CyTerra, an L-3 company, received a follow-on order from the US Army valued at more than $40 million for several thousand AN/PSS-14 mine detection systems. In March, Smiths Detection received a $19.2 million order from the US Department of Defense (DOD) for more than 4,100 handheld Improved Chemical Agent Monitor (ICAM) units for the detection […]

Carlsbad, CA 5/1/07—Invitrogen announced in its first quarter conference call that it has purchased Cascade Biologics. The company, based in Portland, Oregon, produces primary human cell culture systems and reagents for use in basic research, cosmetics testing and cell therapy. According to Gregory Lucier, CEO and chairman of Invitrogen, the acquisition “sets us up for […]

Once exclusively large, cumbersome instruments, both gas chromatographs (GC) and mass spectrometers (MS) have shrunk dramatically in size and power requirements. This has led to the development of GC/MS systems that can be operated outside of the laboratory. However, most of these instruments have been mobile, but not truly “man-portable” until more recently. . The […]

Idaho Technology exclusively licensed from the University of Utah Research Foundation the patent for “Monitoring Amplification with FRET Probes,” covering real-time PCR amplification kits. In February, QIAGEN NV broadened its portfolio of licenses to include all of Roche’s real-time PCR patents. The company also licensed patents related to Ortho Clinical Diagnostics’ “Hot-Start” technology. Sales for […]

San Francisco, CA 5/1/07—TIBCO Software, a provider of enterprise software, has agreed to acquire Spotfire for $195 million in cash. Spotfire specializes in data visualization analytics software. Its DecisonSite software, which features specific products for functional genomics, microarray analysis and lead discovery, is widely used by life science researchers. TIBCO will retain the Spotfire name […]

West Chester, PA 5/2/07—Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) has agreed to sell VWR International to private equity investor Madison Dearborn Partners (see IBO 3/15/07). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. VWR is a distributor of laboratory products to research labs. VWR’s 2006 revenues rose 4% to more than $3.2 billion (see IBO 4/15/07). “Together […]