Washington, DC 9/25/09—In a filing with the SEC, Varian and Agilent disclosed that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding for settlement of the class action lawsuits filed by Varian shareholders against the companies and company personnel (see IBO 9/15/09). The suits, which were subsequently consolidated, alleged that Varian’s directors breached their fiduciary duties […]

Paoli, PA 9/28/09—AMETEK has acquired the assets of Mumbai-based Unispec Marketing and Thelsha Technical Services. Unispec represents AMETEK’s Spectro Analytical Instruments business, among others, in India. Spectro supplies ICP-OES instruments, XRF instruments and related supplies. Thelsha Technologies Services, an affiliate of Unispec, provides installation and post-sales service for Spectro instruments. “The acquisition of Unispec Marketing […]

Venlo, The Netherlands 9/22/09—QIAGEN NV has acquired DxS, a developer and manufacturer of companion diagnostics products, for $95 million in cash, subject to purchase-price adjustments, plus up to $35 million if specific milestones are met. DxS’s currently markets seven real time PCR tests that allow physicians to predict patients’ response to treatments. The acquisition is […]

San Diego, CA 9/28/09—An independent investigation by a special committee of independent directors has found that Sequenom failed to put in place adequate protocols and controls for the conduct of studies of its noninvasive, prenatal Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) program. Sequenom was developing a Trisomy 21 test based on its MS-based MassARRAY platform and SEQureDx […]

Sunnyvale, CA 9/16/09; Chelmsford, MA 9/22/09—Dionex has entered into an asset purchase agreement for ESA Biosciences’ Life Sciences Tools business from Magellan Biosciences. The purchase includes the Corona family of Universal Charged Aerosol Directors for HPLC, HPLC clinical assays, and ESA Laboratories services and assets. The purchase price was not disclosed. The detectors will be […]

Santa Barbara, CA 7/31/09; North Attleboro, MA 7/31/09—Agilent has sold two particle sizing system companies that it acquired last year. Particle Sizing Systems announced that in July Agilent sold the business back to its former owners (see IBO 7/15/08). Particle Sizing Systems supplies instrumentation for particle sizing, particle counting and zeta-potential monitoring. Collodial Dynamics also […]

Corning, NY 9/16/09; Bethesda, Maryland 9/16/09—Corning has acquired Axygen BioScience and its subsidiaries from private equity firm American Capital for $400 million in cash. Axygen is a manufacturer and distributor of life sciences plastic consumables and lab equipment, including pipettes, high-throughput screening products and centrifuges. It will join Corning’s Life Sciences segment. “We believe this […]

Since 2007 and the discovery of high amounts of lead in the paint on children’s toys (see IBO 11/15/07), handheld X-ray Fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) has attracted attention for its ability to quickly and easily screen for lead content in consumer products on site (see IBO 2/29/08). The US’s Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 […]

The biotechnology research and production capabilities of the EU’s newest member states are stable and growing, according to a new report from the 14allbio project. Earlier this month, the 14allbio project, which is funded by the EU’s Sixth Framework Program, published a report prepared by the European Association for Bioindustries and Venture Valuation AG. “Biotech […]

Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA) is a combination of two related techniques that measure thermal properties. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) are among the most commonly used thermal analysis techniques. They can be used in concert with STA to provide more information about samples than either one could provide alone. In DSC, the […]