Magnet-assisted transfection, also known as magnetic force–assisted transfection or simply magnetofection, is a relatively new technique for transferring genetic material into living cells by using magnetic fields. Developed in the early 2000s, the method shows great promise in a variety of areas ranging from basic research to therapeutics. The first step in magnetofection is to […]

Product Introductions Phenomenex introduced the Strata Melamine SPE cartridges, containing an SPE sorbent that simultaneously extracts melamine and cyanuric acid. Sigma-Aldrich Supelco released the Supel-Tips Micro Pipette Tips for purification and enrichment. Sigma-Aldrich Supelco launched Supel-Select HLB SPE, a new hydrophilic modified styrene-based polymer phase for SPE. In May, MIP Technologies AB and Sigma-Aldrich Supelco […]

Company Announcements Stemgent coexclusively licensed Cell Design’s AdipoDesign Starter Kit and AdipoDesign MaxiKit. Gene synthesis firm Gene Oracle named Sigma-Aldrich its exclusive supplier of custom oligonucleotides, and the companies will comarket its GeneIOS system. StemCells acquired Stem Cell Sciences, a provider of media formulation and reagents, in April for 2,650,000 shares and $700,000 in cash. […]

Company Announcements Quantitech was named the exclusive distributor for Teledyne Leeman Labs in Ireland. CETAC Technologies partnered with Scientex in May to enhance its presence in the South Central US. CETAC Technologies appointed Qmx Laboratories to represent its analytical products in the UK and Ireland. In June, Innov-X Systems received a $4.5 million investment, led […]

Surface Measurement Systems (SMS) has provided instruments, chiefly dynamic vapor sorption systems, for solids characterization, including powders and fibers, for 18 years. Dr. Nishil Malde, International product manager at SMS told IBO, “SMS coined the phrase ‘Dynamic Vapour Sorption’ (DVS). We were the first company to develop and manufacture the first commercial, fully automated DVS […]

Company Announcements Hach Homeland Security Technologies acquired the Eclox Rapid Response Water Test Kit, featuring the Eclox luminometer and Chemiluminescence Toxicity Test, from Severn Trent Services in January. In April, Centice completed a $4 million bridge financing from existing investors. FOSS named wine products and service supplier Gusmer Enterprises its distribution partner for the OenoFoss […]

Company Announcements Waters announced in January it made a $6 million payment for damages and fees, following a French appeals court’s upholding of a ruling that the company had infringed a patent held by Agilent Technologies GmbH. Waters is appealing the decision. Tosoh Bioscience NV, the Belgium-based European sales and distribution arm of Tosoh Bioscience, […]

Two companies in IBO’s Laboratory Instrument Sales Index reported fiscal year-end March 31 results after the publication of the 2008 and first-quarter Index numbers (see IBO 2/15/09, 4/30/09, 5/15/09). Including year-end results for Shimadzu and Oxford Instruments (Analytical), Index revenues rose 12.1% in 2008 and operating profits increased 14.5%. For the first quarter, Index sales […]

The latest proposed amendments to China’s law on the environment management of chemical substances has been released. Eco-toxicological testing of new chemical substances would be required, even if the products have passed similar tests in other regions, and would have to be conducted at Chinese labs. Notification procedures would be simplified for chemicals manufactured or […]

A total of 43 university projects have been recommended to receive SEK 5,270 million ($661 million) in special funding from 2009 to 2012. The grants will be managed by one of four agencies: the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova or Formas. Grants will total up to SEK 1,315 million per year The […]