As IBO reported in its November 30 issue, Agilent Technologies’ Bio-Analytical Measurement business (BAM) revenues grew 14% in fiscal 2008 ended October 31 to $2,295 million. From the recent filing of SEC documents for the fiscal year, additional information is now available about the business’s fiscal year. Excluding acquisitions, which contributed 2% growth, and the […]

At the beginning of the month, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced its first Tools and Technologies Awards. Established in 2004 as the result of the passage of a California ballot proposition, the nonprofit CIRM is charged with distributing $3 billion in loans and grants for stem cell research to public and private […]

This year will be a period most investors would soon rather forget, as virtually all international stock markets suffered significant losses due to the current global economic crisis. For the year, the Dow Jones World Index fell approximately 43%, despite international efforts to lower interest rates and increase spending through massive bailout plans. The credit […]

Lucerne, Switzerland 12/2/08—Following the sale of its Beverage business and the pending sale of its Real Estate business, Swiss-listed Eichhof Group AG will change its name to Datacolor AG, its Color Management business, early next year and become a dedicated supplier of colorimeters and other color management products (see IBO 8/15/08). The company has also […]

Austria’s transformation of its R&D system over the last decade has attracted the attention of France, Spain and the Czech Republic, which are each following Austria’s model in hopes of attracting new R&D investments. This year, the country’s R&D spending as a percentage of GDP is expected to be 2.68%, compared to 1.8% 10 years […]

Company Announcements Alpha Innotech extended its OEM agreement with GE Healthcare, signing a five-year strategic supplier alliance agreement. GWC Technologies appointed Cybeles Life Science as a distributor for Southeast Asia. ForteBio closed $25 million in Series C financing, led by OrbiMed Advisors, in September. Integrated DNA Technologies entered into an exclusive copromotional agreement with 454 […]

Company Announcements Organic revenues for Merck KGaA’s Life Science Solutions business increased 13% in the second quarter and 8.0% in the third quarter. Sigma-Aldrich exclusively licensed boronic acid surrogates for use in Suzuki-Miyaura coupling from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will offer MIDA synthons for sale. The technology enables the efficient construction of […]

Cambridge, MA 12/19/08—Helicos BioSciences, a developer of DNA sequencing technology, has announced an agreement to raise approximately $18.6 million through a private placement sale of its common stock and warrants. Net proceeds are expected to be $17.9 million. Earlier this month, the company announced cost reduction measures (see IBO 12/15/08). Purchasers include current investors such […]

The EU has adopted a new toy safety directive designed to update regulations. A toy, as defined by the directive, is a product with which children under 14 play. Manufacturers are charged with ensuring a toy in safe prior to sale. A total of 55 allergenic fragrances are now banned from use in toys. In […]