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Thermo acquires Ahura

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Thermo Fisher Scientific has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ahura Scientific, manufacturer of portable spectrometers, for $145 million in cash plus the potential for an earn-out payment based on the achievement of certain 2010 financial targets. The acquisition expands Thermo’s portfolio of portable instruments; they already have a line of portable XRF analysers.  www.thermofisher.com,  www.ahurascientific.com

 

Bio Raman Patent for Sword Diagnostics

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Sword Diagnostics has been awarded a US Patent titled Method and Apparatus for Detection of Biological Organisms using Raman Scattering. The patent covers the core technology which focuses on improved sensitivity. www.sworddiagnostics.com

   

New website for Sacher Lasertechnik

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Sacher Lasertechnik have released a new website including new features and services, including an interactive online store and video clips related to products.  www.sacher-laser.com

   

New Perten website

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The Perten Instruments website is now available in German and French.  www.perten.com

   

PerkinElmer and Gilson mass spectrometry collaboration

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PerkinElmer and Gilson have announced a mass spectrometry collaboration to support pharmaceutical and biotech scientists, which will enable the two companies to provide new and enhanced solutions for fraction collection and liquid chromatography. As part of the agreement, PerkinElmer will develop a dedicated single quadrupole mass spectrometer to be incorporated into Gilson’s preparative chromatography systems.  www.perkinelmer.com,  www.gilson.com

   

PerkinElmer’s OneSource and VWR joint servicing

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PerkinElmer’s OneSource business and VWR International have entered into an agreement to develop a joint service offering. VWR will look after laboratory equipment and OneSource complex multi-component analytical instrumentation.  www.perkinelmer.com

   

Phospho­proteomics collaboration for Kinaxo

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Kinaxo Biotechnologies has entered into a second collaboration with Roche Diagnostics in Penzberg, Germany, to apply its phospho­proteomics technology PhosphoScout to support targeted treatment approaches currently under development at Roche. The technology enables the identification of regulated protein phosphorylation sites in response to therapeutic antibody or kinase inhibitor treatment. Using quantitative mass spectrometry, up to 15,000 phosphorylation sites can be monitored in a single experiment.  www.kinaxo.com

   

Horiba to build new European HQ

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Horiba has announced the construction of a new research facility and European headquarters on the campus of the École Polytechnique in Paris. The new centre will give Horiba access to a pool of innovative technologies, resources and personnel from nearby academic, government and commercial research centres. It is due to open in late 2011.  www.horiba.com/uk/scientific

   

Halma acquires SphereOptics

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Halma have acquired SphereOptics LLC for an initial cash consideration of $2.5 million. SphereOptics will be merged with Halma’s existing business Labsphere Inc. Halma also own Ocean Optics.  www.halma.com

   

ChemImage receives defence funding

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ChemImage has been selected for $2 million of US defence funding for further development of the Eye-Safe Stand-Off Fusion Detection of chemical, biological, explosive and improvised explosive device threats. The system will combine multiple sensing technologies, including Raman and shortwave infrared chemical imaging.  www.chemimage.com

   

Bruker Daltonics in MALDI microbial ID agreement

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Bruker Daltonics has announced a framework agreement with Synlab concerning molecular microbial identification based on MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry. Synlab is a European private diagnostic laboratory association with more than 70 labs, which will be equipped exclusively with Bruker’s MALDI Biotyper system. Bruker and Synlab intend to enlarge and refine the MALDI Biotyper reference library using well-defined clinical isolates from the daily microbial routine work of the Synlab laboratories.  www.synlab.de,  www.bdal.com/maldibiotyper

   

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