Microscopy is one of the oldest lab techniques, originating in 17th century Europe. The earliest microscopes used only a single lens to focus light, but the technique evolved into more elaborate systems of lenses. Although improvements in design and optics allowed microscopes to achieve greater magnifications, there is a physical limit to the magnification that […]

Helsinki, Finland 8/19/11—Pipette maker Biohit announced that it has arranged a direct issue of new series B shares to Sartorius Lab Holding, corresponding to 4.98% of all Biohit shares. The issue was priced at €2.95 ($4.21 = €0.70 = $1) per share. Biohit stated the action strengthens its financial position and provides for collaboration opportunities […]

Uppsala, Sweden 8/29/11—Investment firm nxt2b has agreed to acquire a 49% ownership share in Olink for an undisclosed amount. Olink Bioscience’s Duolink products are used for the visualization and quantification of individual proteins and their interactions and modifications in unmodified cells and tissues. Founded in 2004, Olink has 25 employees. “Together with nxt2b, we have […]

Eden Prairie, MN 8/25/11—MTS Systems Chairman and CEO Laura B. Hamilton has stepped down by mutual agreement, effective August 25. Board member William V. Murray has been named interim CEO. He was most recently president of ReShape Medical and, prior to that, served as president of Applied Biosystems’ Molecular Biology Division. Board member David J. […]

Darmstadt, Germany 8/26/11—Merck KGaA has named Robert Yates president of its Merck Millipore division effective September 1. He will report to Bernd Reckmann, who is responsible for Merck’s Chemicals business sector, of which Merck Millipore is a division. Mr. Reckmann previously led Merck Millipore. He stated that the company appointed a dedicated president for Merck […]

Chalfont St. Giles, UK 8/16/11—GE Healthcare has entered into an agreement to acquire PAA Laboratories, a developer and supplier of cell culture media for biomedical research and biopharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing. Financial details were not disclosed. Headquartered in Pasching, Austria, with 215 employees, PAA had 2010 revenues of $55 million. “GE Healthcare Life Sciences is […]

Darmstadt, Germany 8/30/11; Seattle, Washington 8/30/11—Merck Millipore has agreed to acquire Amnis, a designer, manufacturer and seller of high-speed cell-imaging instrumentation. Financial terms were not provided. Amnis had 2010 sales of $14 million. The company has 40 employees. “Amnis’ technology will put EMD Millipore at the forefront of cell analysis by providing us access to […]

Overall, it was a solid calendar-year second quarter for major, US, publicly held analytical instrument companies. However, the continued slowdown in US academic spending raised concerns. Life Technologies and Waters each reported softer-than-expected results, citing delayed US academic and government spending. The eight businesses whose results are profiled on pages 9–11 reported combined sales growth […]

Instrument companies are increasingly partnering with universities and reaping the benefits. Agilent, Waters and Thermo Fisher Scientific’s academic collaborations provide R&D, application and market insights. These mutually beneficial relationships allow the company and the university to combine their resources. Several new products have emerged as a result of such partnerships. Each year, Agilent establishes as […]

Company Announcements In May, New England Biolabs opened a subsidiary in France, just south of Paris. Life Technologies exclusively licensed in June Transcription Activator-Like (TAL) Effector Technology for “plant research tool uses.” The technology enables synthetic biologists to program and control the genetic circuitry in engineered pathways and organisms. In a June SEC filing, Stemgent […]