Odense, Denmark 4/28/08; Palo Alto, CA 4/28/08—Proxeon A/S has entered into an OEM agreement to provide its nanoscale Easy-nLC system to Varian for interface with Varian’s 920-MS Fourier Transform triple quadrupole MS. The Easy-nLC will be sold as the Varian 216-LC. “The performance of LC/MS configurations has become increasingly significant in the proteomics market,” stated […]

As the largest market for particle size and distribution analysis, the pharmaceutical industry accounted for approximately 15% of the sales of instruments and aftermarket products last year. Particle size is a crucial metric for the design, quality control and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. In developing new drugs, researchers are increasingly exploring the use of nano-sized particles […]

Before the digital and automation age, cell counting was performed by using a microscope paired with a hemocytometer. While this decades-old manual method is still being utilized by labs, the primary advantage of this technique is its low cost. Its many drawbacks include a lack of precision, low accuracy, lot-to-lot variability and labor intensiveness. In […]

Company Announcements In 2007, ThalesNano opened a UK subsidiary and signed distribution agreement for Scandinavia, Italy and India. ThalesNano announced a collaboration for flow/microwave chemistry research with the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Microwave Chemistry at Karl Franzens University in Austria and with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. PolyGen named Blue Lion Biotech its […]

Agriculture: Across the globe, governments and biotech companies are attempting to reconcile food shortages and increasing food prices with strict regulations on genetically modified (GM) crops. In a recent move, food manufacturers in Japan and Korea have abandoned their adherence to unmodified corn, which has increased three times in price from 2006, for its GM […]

Huntingdon, UK 4/23/08­—NextGen Sciences has announced that it plans to divest or dissolve its software and instrumentation business and its protein production business within the next six months. The company intends to focus on its life science–research service business, particularly biomarker services. The company also plans to move its headquarters to the US.

Billerica, MA 4/21/08—Bruker has announced it will incur approximately $12 million in pretax foreign exchanges losses in the first quarter, which are forecasted to reduce EPS by approximately $0.06 cents after tax. The company attributed the losses to the weakening of the US dollar and an unexpected strengthening of the Swiss Franc in the five […]

Metals: In 2007, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the metals industry increased 67% to $144.7 billion. Aluminum deals represented 56 of the year’s 411 disclosed transactions and amounted to $77.3 billion, almost four times the $21.3 billion spent on aluminum deals between 2003 and 2006. This increase was primarily due to Rio Tinto’s $38.1 […]

Company Announcements The Fraunhofer IBMT will develop new, customized applications for Magritek’s Kea NMR Mole System and will provide technical support for them in Europe. The companies will also work together on future developments of the system. Product Introductions Chenomx released Chenomx NMR Suite 5.0, a set of integrated software applications for performing NMR-based metabolomics. […]

India: India’s clinical trials and research market is expected to increase to $1.5–$2 billion by 2010. In 2006, the market grew over 65%, and is currently worth approximately $300 million. Of the 139 clinical trials outsourced to the country, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson&Johnson outsourced 22 trials each, Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb outsourced 17 each, and […]