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Top 10 Cancer Breakthrough of 2011

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Verisante Technology, Inc. has announced that a research study using its Core laser Raman spectroscopy system was named as one of the Canadian Cancer Society’s 10 research achievements for 2011.

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Sigma-Aldrich buys RTC

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Sigma-Aldrich has acquired the assets of Resource Technology Corporation (RTC) of Laramie, Wyoming, USA, manufacturer of analytical standards and certified reference materials. The acquisition of RTC's business complements Sigma-Aldrich's recently completed acquisition of Cerilliant.

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Agilent to Buy A2 Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. is to buy specific assets of A2 Technologies. These include substantially all of A2 Technologies' intellectual property, technology, employees and its spectroscopy product portfolio. Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be final in mid-February. Financial details were not disclosed.

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AB SCIEX expands commercial operations in Korea

AB SCIEX has expanded its commercial operations in Korea with a new direct sales organisation under AB SCIEX Korea. This expansion was made possible by an agreement with Life Science Korea (LSK) to transfer existing sales, service and marketing personnel to AB SCIEX, effective immediately.

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Agilent Technologies opens LC/MS factory in Singapore

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Agilent Technologies Inc. has opened a new life sciences instruments manufacturing facility in Singapore. The facility will produce the company’s LC/MS instruments for the global market.

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Bruker to build first 21.0 FT-ICR magnet

Bruker Daltonics has been selected by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) at Florida State University to design and build the world’s first 21.0 T Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-ICR) magnet. The magnet will be designed in collaboration with NHMFL scientists and used in the FT-ICR programme at the lab. The contract for the magnet is valued at over $10 million, the project is funded by the National Science Foundation, and delivery of the magnet is planned for the first half of calendar year 2013.

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Bruker to Acquire Veeco's Scanning Probe Microscopy and Optical Industrial Metrology Scientific Instruments Business

Bruker Corporation has signed an agreement to acquire the Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) and Optical Industrial Metrology (OIM) instruments business from Veeco Instruments, Inc. for $229 million in cash. The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2010, pending regulatory review and subject to customary closing conditions.

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Spectroscopy at the World Cup

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World-Cup-NIR-2011-sDoping remains a problem throughout sport despite increases in technology to catch the cheats and increased sampling of competitors. At the World Cup, due to start on 11 June, two mass spectrometry companies are providing instrumentation for the anti-doping labs. AB Sciex is providing LC-MS/MS instrumentation and Agilent, GC/MS systems.

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Shimadzu and bioMerieux enter into partnership for mass spectrometry applications in microbiology

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Shimadzu and bioMerieux have entered into a partnership to commercialise a mass spectrometry system for bacterial identification in microbiology laboratories. bioMerieux will work with Shimadzu and their subsidiary, Kratos Analytical, to adapt their linear MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry technology for optimised integration into the microbiology laboratory workflow. This new solution is planned for commercialisation by bioMerieux in 2010, together with the microbial database acquired from AnagnosTec.
   

Agilent completes Varian acquisition

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Agilent Technologies has completed the acquisition of Varian. Agilent paid approximately $1.5 billion in cash for Varian.

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Global food safety response center

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Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a global food testing laboratory devoted to helping contain costly and life-threatening chemical contamination crises. The Food Safety Response Center, located in Dreieich, Germany, is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and staffed by world-class chemists who will quickly mobilise to aid governments and businesses facing an unknown food safety threat involving chemical contaminants. One recent threat, the melamine crisis in China, claimed the lives of at least six children, made nearly 300,000 ill and cost companies worldwide billions before it was contained.

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