In 2007, China’s R&D spending rose 23.5% to CNY 371 billion ($48.8 billion) to account for 1.49% of GDP. The national government‘s R&D spending grew 25.2 % to CNY 42.5 billion to make up 4.25% of its expenditures. R&D by companies, government-affiliated research institutes, and colleges and universities accounted for 72.3%, 18.5% and 8.5% of […]

Next-generation sequencing is among the fastest-growing markets in the life science instrument market, with 2009 instrument demand estimated to increase more than 40%. The advent of next-generation sequencing has birthed the need for novel approaches to sample preparation (for the purpose of this article, sample preparation encompasses purification, fragmentation, target capture and enrichment prior to […]

Last year was another year of upheaval for R&D operations at the top pharmaceutical companies. Big pharma continued to undergo extensive changes as firms sought to increase the odds of successful drug discovery and development, while reducing R&D costs, in order to maintain profitability as drug patents expire. In addition, new CEOs at Eli Lilly […]

Milford, MA 2/2/09—Waters announced that it has acquired the remaining outstanding capital stock of Thar Instruments for an undisclosed amount. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Thar Instruments is a manufacturer of supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) systems and products, with annual revenues of approximately $18 million. The acquisition is estimated to be neutral to Waters’s 2009 earnings. […]

Company Announcements Nanosurf AG appointed RL Artal as its official agent for Hungary and Anamet SRO as its distributor for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Nikon Instruments signed a value-added reseller agreement to sell the ChromoDynamics’ HSi-300 Hyperspectral Imaging System with its Eclipse 90i and Ti series of microscopes. The System addresses the removal of […]

Company Announcements Proxeon integrated its EASY-nLC system software with Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Xcalibur software and became a Thermo Fisher Scientific Virtual Instrument Partner. Varian and Flora Research Laboratories formed an alliance in October 2008 to advance the implementation of LC/MS for complex dietary supplement analysis. JASCO released drivers for Applied Biosystems/MDS Analytical Technologies’ Analyst software […]

Billerica, MA 2/2/09—Millipore has agreed to acquire Guava Technologies, a provider of microcapillary flow cytometers, for $22.6 million. Guava recorded 2008 sales of $21.9 million. The acquisition is expected to be slightly accretive to Millipore’s non-GAAP EPS during 2009. “Our vision is to make flow cytometry less expensive, easier to use, and more accessible for […]

According to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Tokyo Region Office, the Japanese science and technology budget (S&T) for fiscal year 2009 beginning April 1 is ¥3,554.8 billion ($35.5 billion), flat with the prior year. The lack of a substantial decrease in a year when government budgets were substantially cut is indicative of Japan’s commitment to […]

Company Announcements Under a research agreement, NuGEN Technologies will develop a Roche NimbleGen array application for small, degraded and compromised samples for use with its WT-Ovation technology. Biogemma will use Roche NimbleGen’s Sequence Capture technology to develop new technologies for large-scale genomic marker discovery in plants. Febit announced a strategic collaboration with In-Q-Tel for the […]