Company Announcements In March, Invitrogen announced that its drug discovery products will be validated on selected Tecan microplate readers and instruments, starting with the Infinite Series, and the companies will codevelop applications. Invitrogen’s drug discovery products will be tested on certain BMG Labtech microplate readers and certain readers will be certified for use with Invitrogen […]

Belgium’s biotech sector consists of over 140 companies, represents 5% of European biotech firms, and 10,000 employees. In 2006, industry revenues totaled €3 billion ($4.65 billion). There are three main biotech regions. Flanders is home to 40 biotech companies. Over the last 10 years, approximately €36.3 million has been invested in the region’s biotech industry […]

A new study funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and conducted by researchers at Duke University and Harvard Law School finds that Indian and Chinese drug companies are fast developing their research capabilities, but still must partner with multinational drug makers to develop proprietary products. Among 2006 pharmaceutical patent applications, 5.5% contained at least […]

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced changes to its peer review system for grant applications that are to be instituted over 18 months. The changes focus on four priorities: accessing the best reviewers, increasing review quality and transparency, guaranteeing fair reviews, and creating a permanent review process for peer review. As part of […]

In a yearly report released earlier this month, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection announced progress on pollution reduction. In 2007, sulfur dioxide emissions fell 4.66%. Organic pollutant emissions into water systems, which were measured by chemical oxygen demand testing, dropped 3.14%. However, other pollution rose. The percentage of coastal waters with the worst ratings for […]

Carlsbad, CA and Foster City, CA 6/12/08—Invitrogen and Applera have announced a definitive merger agreement under which Invitrogen will acquire Applied Biosystems (ABI) for $6.7 billion. The combined company will be named Applied Biosystems and is forecasted to have annual sales of $3.5 billion and a major presence in the genetic analysis, proteomics, cell biology […]

Over the past decade, the process of visualizing and analyzing electrophoresis gels has been significantly improved, to say the least, by advancements in imaging/documentation systems and analysis software. These advanced gel-imaging systems are instrumental in comparative proteomics and biomarker discovery. Gel-imaging systems take pictures of two-dimensional (2D) electrophoresis gels and store the digital image, which […]

May’s inaugural meeting of the India Chemical Council highlighted the 8.9% growth for the country’s chemical industry from 2006 to 2007. The industry has revenues of $50 billion, not counting refining and fertilizers, which contribute $100 billion in sales a year. A leading sector is the pharmaceutical industry, which account for 22% by value of […]

This issue, IBO has made a couple of changes to its Life Science Sales Index. Beckman Coulter’s Life Science division, which includes the company’s centrifugation, life science automation and capillary electrophoresis-based systems, and Illumina were added to the Index. First-quarter 2008 Life Science Index sales grew 8.9% to $2,195 million compared to 9.7% growth in […]

Company Announcements WaferGen Biosystems signed exclusive distribution agreements for its SmartSlide Micro-Incubation System with INBIO for Australia, ScienceWerke for Singapore and with Westburg for the Benelux Systems. BioNanomatrix, a developer of whole genome imaging and analysis technology, raised $5.1 million in Series A funding in March. Oxford Nanopore Technologies, formerly Oxford NanoLabs, secured investments of […]