Syrris opened an office in La Jolla, California. Biotage AB elected Axel Broms and Per-Olof Eriksson to its Board, replacing Jeff Bork and Björn Odlander. In May, Agilent and Integrated DNA Technologies agreed to harmonize their chemistry, processes and analytical techniques and to provide reciprocal referrals for synthetic oligonucleotides, creating a complete development pathway for […]

San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center again hosted the 2007 Semicon West exposition, which ran July 16–20. Last year, IBO noted a certain levity among the booths and exhibits (see IBO 7/15/06), as spirits were doubtless buoyed by the surge of business in 2006. Indeed, sales of semiconductor equipment in 2006 surpassed even the generous growth […]

IO Informatics appointed Robert Stanley, cofounder and CTO, president and CEO in April. VelQuest integrated its GMP Electronic Notebook System, designed for QA/QC applications, with Symyx Technologies’ electronic lab notebook applications, which are designed for R&D. Thermo Fisher Scientific granted Sage-N Research a sublicense to sell the SEQUEST search engine products. Agilent integrated EMC’s NetWorker […]

In April, YSI acquired the environmental division of AMJ Equipment, its southeastern US selling partner, which has been renamed AMJ Environmental. Sensicore appointed Kenneth Ogan, PhD, former vice president of technology for Danaher’s Environmental Water Quality Group, as vice president of R&D and Douglas Reed, formerly with Agilent, as vice president of Sales.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicts that prices for industrial commodities, measured by the EIU’s Industrial Raw Materials (IRM) index, will rise by an average of 12% this year. These high prices have not affected demand, partially because prices of all commodities have risen, making substitution less likely. An even greater driver of demand is […]

Hitachi High-Technologies Life Science’s revenue for fiscal 2007 ended March 31 rose 9.3% to ¥933 billion ($8.1 billion) (see IBO 6/30/07) to account for 9.8% of company sales. Operating profit increased 39.4% to ¥123 billion ($385.3 million). Sales of liquid chromatographs and DNA sequencers increased. Hitachi High-Technologies opened a branch office in Moscow, Russia, in […]

Thermo Fisher Scientific has entered into an agreement to acquire India-based Qualigens Fine Chemicals from GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals for INR 240 crore ($59.5 million). According to Thermo, Qualigens is India’s largest laboratory chemical manufacturer and supplier. Based in Mumbai with 150 employees country-wide, Qualigen’s manufactures and sells fine chemicals, diagnostic kits and laboratory products, and had […]