Guildford, UK, Burlington, MA and Portland, ME 8/26/10—Data management and analytics solutions provider IDBS has agreed to acquire Quantrix for an undisclosed amount. Quantrix provides business modeling and analytics software and services. IDBS currently licenses Quantrix’s technology for use in its E-Workbook Suite electronic laboratory notebook. “This transaction allows us to accelerate the introduction of […]

Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) is also known as electron microprobe analysis (EMPA). Among surface scientists, the technique is familiarly known as microprobe or even just “probe.” EPMA falls into the broad category of instruments for surface analysis that uses beams to investigate the surface of sample. In the case of EPMA, an electron beam is […]

Company Announcements McCrone Microsocopes & Accessories announced in May that it is a licensed distributor of the JEOL NeoScope benchtop scanning electron microscope (SEM). Hamilton Thorne announced in May a vendor partnership with Leica Microsystems GmbH under which Leica will market and distribute Hamilton Thorne’s core laser products and select products in North America. Olympus […]

Company Announcements Takara Bio granted QIAGEN GmbH a license in April to make, use and sell LA PCR–related products. QIAGEN NV acquired rights in May to 70 real time PCR–based molecular food safety tests developed by the Institute for Product Quality. The first kits will be available in the fourth quarter. The company plans to […]

Company Announcements Six-month revenue for INFICON AG’s Emergency Response and Security segment rose 51.9% to CHF 11.7 million ($6.3 million), primarily due to military sales in Asia, to represent 8% of company sales. The company disclosed that it paid $3.5 million to acquire Agilent’s Micro GC business in May (see IBO 3/31/10). Alpha MOS announced […]

In August, economic worries sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 4.3% and into negative territory for the year. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ contracted 4.7% and 6.2% for the month, respectively. Even with improved capital spending and strong corporate earnings, the unemployment rate and a slowing global economy remained major contentions. The unemployment rate […]

Saudi Arabia will invest $385 billion over the next five years in universities. Up to $240 million annually has been designated for grants in science and technology research projects. University capacity will be increased from an estimated 850,000 students in 2009 to 1.7 million students. Twenty-five technology colleges, 28 technical institutes and 50 industrial training […]

Colombia’s science funding and research investment will increase if Congress passes a reform of its 1991 Constitution currently being drafted by the Colciencias (Department of Science, Technology and Innovation). The amendment would invest 10% of the royalties from government and private usage of oil, coal, gold, platinum and new minerals in research, totaling at minimum […]

Europe’s recession is causing major drug companies to decrease their forecasts and spending. After EU policymakers accepted a rescue fund in May totaling almost $1 trillion, countries have reduced or plan to reduce their health spending. Germany instituted a price freeze on drugs until 2013, Spain presented a 7.5% rebate on most name-brand products and […]

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released a new technical report on nanomaterials. The ISO/TR 11360:2010 report, “Nanotechnologies—Methodology for the classification and categorization of nanomaterials,” offers a global methodology for nanomaterials classification. It aims to alleviate misunderstandings that scientists and researchers have about nanotechnology, due to its wide range of applications and the diverse […]