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AB Sciex formed as new company within Danaher

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AB Sciex has been launched as a new company combining the two halves of the AB Sciex mass spectrometry joint venture into an integrated organisation. AB Sciex intends to use its new operating structure to increase speed to market in developing new solutions and expanding service and support to enable the scientific community to continue its increasing use of mass spectrometry for a broader range of applications.

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Applied Biosystems sale ready to proceed?

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Another of the acquisitions of companies involved in spectroscopy has been receiving attention from the world’s regulators. Following a ruling by the US Federal Trade Commission sale of the Applied Biosystems mass spectrometry business, jointly owned by Life Technologies and MDS Analytical Technologies, looks to be ready to be concluded. The US FTC have required the sale of MDS’s laser microdissection business to ensure competition in the North American market.

Another stumbling block has been litigation by PerkinElmer against MDS, but this has been settled before it was heard in court. MDS have indicated that they hope the sale to be completed by the end of March.

   

European Commission clears proposed acquisition of Varian by Agilent, subject to conditions

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The European Commission has cleared, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Varian Inc. by Agilent Technologies Inc., both US companies, by way of purchase of shares. The decision is conditional upon the divestment of Agilent's entire micro/portable gas chromatography instrument business and Varian's entire laboratory gas chromatography, triple quadrupole gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry instrument businesses. In view of the remedies proposed, the Commission has concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

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World's first 1000 MHz NMR installed at CRMN in Lyon, France

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Bruker_AVANCE1000_LYON-sBruker BioSpin has installed the world’s first 1000 MHz ultra-high field NMR AVANCE™ spectrometer at the Centre de Resonance Magnétique Nucléaire à Très Hauts Champs (CRMN) in Lyon, France (a joint research unit of CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Université Lyon 1). The AVANCE 1000 system incorporates a 23.5 Tesla superconducting magnet, and offers exciting research opportunities, both to the CRMN and to other French and European scientists who will access this unique facility.

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Discounted educational pricing

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A2 Technologies has extended the educational institution pricing programme on its ML spectrometer system until 31 March 2010, which offers a 40% discount on the list price. www.a2technologies.com

   

Agilent buys MassCode Tag technology

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Agilent Technologies has purchased the MassCode Tag technology from Eurofins MWG Operon, which includes trademarks and intellectual property including patents. Agilent will usse the MassCode Tag technology to develop new research products for pathogen identification. Eurofins MWG Operon will continue as a supplier of the core component for the new products. www.agilent.com, www.operon.com

   

1000 AAs up

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Analytik Jena have now sold over 1000 units of the ContrAA range of flame and graphite furnace AA spectrophotometers. www.analytikjenauk.co.uk

   

Cerno/Agilent cooperation

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Cerno Bioscience and Agilent Technologies will jointly market Cerno’s MassWorks calibration software to Agilent GC/MSD ChemStation users. The calibration software increases the mass accuracy of Agilent’s single quadrupole GC/MSD sufficiently to identify unknown compounds. www.agilent.com/chem/gcmschemstation, www.cernobioscience.com/products.html

   

New German facility for Fibre Photonics

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Fibre Photonics Ltd, specialist manufacturer of mid-infrared fibre optic cables and immersion probes, have opened a sales, engineering and applications facility in Germany’s largest technology park at Adlershof, in Berlin. www.fibrephotonics.com

   

Protein Discovery and New Objective cooperate on top-down proteomics

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Protein Discovery, Inc. and New Objective, Inc. have entered into a strategic co-marketing and development agreement designed to enable and expand key applications for top down proteomics. www.proteindiscovery.com. www.newobjective.com

   

Order for Raman at US airports

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Smiths Detection has received a $21.9 million order from the US Transportation Security Administration to supply its Raman spectroscopy-based portable liquid detection scanners to analyse the content of containers without opening them. www.­smithsdetection.com

   

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