The environmental market for process Total Organic Carbon (TOC) instruments is substantial, and is expected to continue to experience robust growth in the near future. There are several traditional analytical methods for TOC analysis, although actions by the US EPA have now allow for much more rapid innovation. The same technology employed in laboratory TOC […]

Company Announcements Nikon acquired a license from Harvard University for the right to use the Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM) technology. Nikon licensed from the University of California, San Francisco, the rights for Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM) technology. For the year ended September 30, 2009, revenue for Carl Zeiss’s Microscopy Group rose 8% to €339 […]

In the February 15 issue, IBO detailed R&D reorganizations at major pharmaceutical companies. Since then, Merck has announced its 2009 results, including a new Merger Restructuring Program. The Program addresses the combined operations of Merck and Schering-Plough, which Merck acquired in November 2009. Merck plans to cut 15% of its 100,000 employees by the end […]

Company Announcements Eurocontrol Technics, a subsidiary of Global Fluids International, agreed in January to acquire Xenemetrix, a developer of X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) systems. Xenemetrix’s XRF systems make up the monitoring component of Eurocontrol’s Petromark technology. Under a purchase and supply agreement, PANalytical began sales of XRF Scientific’s Eagon 2 fused bead preparation system. Bruker AXS […]

Company Announcements In February, Roche NimbleGen named CapitalBio a Certified Service Provider (CSP) for gene expression, Comparative Genomic Hybridization (CGH)/copy number variation and DNA methylation. Roche NimbleGen named imaGenes GmbH a CSP for DNA methylation analysis. Oxford Gene Technology was named Agilent’s first High-Throughput CSP for Agilent microarrays. Kreatech Diagnostics will exclusively distribute Oxford Gene […]

Financials for the IBO Laboratory Sales Index have been updated from the numbers that appeared in the February 28 issue now that all the companies in the Index, except for Oxford Instruments, have reported calendar-year fourth-quarter and year-end results. For the fourth quarter, Laboratory Sales Index sales grew 6.9% to $4,985.89 million, including 5.1% growth […]

According to a survey by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, the country’s number of R&D personnel for the year ended March 31, 2009 rose 0.9% to 10,650. Excluding research assistants, technical staff and administrators, the number of researchers increased 1.4% to 8,390. Japan’s R&D spending for the year ended March 31, 2008 declined 0.8% to […]

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that the country’s government plans to spend RUB 1.1 trillion ($36.8 billion) on fundamental and applied science, higher education, high-technology medicine, and special programs this year. Funding will include RUB 50 billion for new research centers, and RUB 90 billion to support universities. Speaking as the new chairman of […]

Investment in clean energy fell 6.6% last year to $162 billion. These figures exclude R&D, which totaled $25 billion in 2009. In 2010, investment is forecast to increase 25% to $200 billion. Global stimulus funding for clean energy was over $184 billion, including $77 billion in the US and $47 billion in China. But only […]