Although its application to pharmaceutical manufacturing is a relatively recent development, one of the earliest applications for Simulated Moving Bed (SMB) chromatography was in the petrochemical industry. The use of SMB chromatography in the petrochemical industry goes back several decades. The technique, which offers a method for continuous chromatography, is useful for large-scale separation of […]

Company Announcements In August, plaintiffs dismissed their class action suit against VWR alleging the sale of chemicals to Saddam Hussein’s regime that were later used as weapons (see IBO 7/31/09). In October, the same action against Thermo Fisher Scientific was dismissed. Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies announced the election of three new directors to expand […]

Company Announcements Life Technologies appointed Jay Therrien as vice president, Global Sales for Next Generation Sequencing. Most recently, he served as director of Sales for Asia Pacific and Japan at Illumina. Fluidigm appointed Nano Gen Teknolojileri as its exclusive distributor for the BioMark and EP1 Systems in Turkey. GE formed the “GE Healthyimagination Fund,” an […]

Company Announcements Cellix named Crisel Instruments as an Italian distributor and Chromaphor Analysen-Tecknik as a German distributor. GE Healthcare named Stephen Minger, PhD, as head of R&D for Cell Technologies in September. He was previously senior lecturer and director of King’s College London’s Stem Cell Biology Laboratory. In October, Enzo Biochem Life Sciences announced a […]

As IBO noted in its annual review of instrument and lab product company acquisitions (see IBO 11/15/09), the number of acquisitions picked up as 2009 progressed. This pace could continue, according to indications from several major companies. QIAGEN CFO Roland Sackers told Bloomberg in November that the company could spend as much as $200–$500 million […]

Company Announcements ThalesNano appointed former New York Governor George Pataki to its Board of Advisors in September. ThalesNano named Donau Lab AG as a distributor for central Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. In October, Sigma-Alrich announced a distribution agreement for ThalesNano’s complete line of approximately 400 CatCart catalyst products for flow chemistry. […]

Company Announcements Royal Philips Electronics and Bruker BioSpin signed a memorandum of understanding in September for the development of a Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) scanner for the preclinical market. Bruker would manufacture the product, which both companies would comarket. MPI uses the magnetic properties of iron-oxide nanoparticles. Bruker BioSpin signed a memorandum of understanding with […]

Canadian R&D spending is expected to grow 1.2% next year to CAD 29,854 million ($28,271 million). By performing sector, the federal government’s R&D spending is expected to rise 3.3% to CAD 2,692 million. Private nonprofits’ R&D spending is estimated to increase 3.2% to CAD 194 million. R&D expenditures by business enterprises, higher education, and provincial […]

Company Announcements Genetix’s first-half revenues grew 13.7% to £14.1 million ($20.9 million). Operating profit rose 59.7% to £1.2 million ($1.8 million) (see IBO 8/31/09). Sales for the clinical instrument business grew 12% to £4.8 million ($7.1 million), cell biology sales rose 20% to £4.0 million ($5.9 million), genomics-based instrument sales increased 17% to £2.1 million […]

South Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy has announced that the country plans to spend $866 million by 2018 on 10 “premier materials.” The 10 materials will be selected in January 2010, but are likely to include titanium alloys, nano-glass and polyelectrolytes. The plan is part of the country’s overall effort to increase R&D spending, which […]