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November 2021 – content

Life Sciences

Ziath opens EU office to avoid Brexit complications

Bionano acquires bioinformatics firm to accelerate OGM adoption

Abcam plans major purchase and expands US footprint

Biobank makes two acquisitions

Caron acquires lab fume hood and enclosure company

Bio-Rad and 10x Genomics settle after legal stalemate

Nuclera buys digital microfluidics business from E Ink

 

General Laboratory

Photomultiplier acquisitions expand Tibidabo Scientific’s irradiation group

Solid state pH sensor company wins series A funding

Sens-Tech enhances new parent’s export revenues

Delayed opening of Markes new headquarters

Sedere expands ELSD partnership with Knauer

Bluecrux opens Dutch operations

Horiba and Shimadzu launch LC-Raman instrument

XRF Scientific acquires 50% of ore crusher company

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

Two acquisitions expand Sartorius’ footprint in cell culture media

Four acquisitions benefit Ametek’s EIG segment

E+H founds JV for the detection of biological water contaminations

 

Financials

Recovery of lab activities and increased demand drive Abcam

Demand explodes at 10x Genomics after slow 2020

Top and bottom line go different ways at Bionano

Sartorius growth rate reaches zenith in first half 2021

PCR and Western blotting drives Bio-Rad’s Life Science segment

Analyser sales grow at Horiba in the first half

Bioprocess remains main driver for Mettler Toledo

Industrial recovery pushes Bruker beyond 2019 first-half results

Spectro Analytical sees double-digit sales decline in 2020

Markes drops by a quarter on pandemic restrictions and overstocking

First half recovery at Waters, 16% ahead of 2019 results

Strong organic growth and currency headwinds at Biotage

Robust capital equipment sales for XRF Scientific

Ametek EIG boosted by delayed Q2 US recovery

North America slow to recovery at Parker industrial

Steady recovery of Comet IXM’s markets

 

Appointments

October 2021 – content

Life Sciences

Abbott sells STARLIMS to equity company

Illumina buy Grail despite EC's ongoing in-depth investigation

PacBio expands into short-read sequencing market with acquisition

Leica Microsystems acquires AI-based visualisation and analysis software

Bruker co-founds spatial genomics business

SCIEX and Genedata sign R&D agreement

 

General Laboratory

Techcomp acquires majority stake in isotope MS business

Two additions for Atlas Copco’s Vacuum segment

Avidity launches updated laboratory water system

Renishaw widens Raman applications with automated focus-tracking

 

Process and hand-held instrumentation

Organic NIR detector developer raises funds

Sensmet raises funds for multi-metal OES detector

 

Feature

Leaderboard 2021: The winners and losers of the health crisis

Leaderboard 2021: Listing of 500+ companies by calendar 2020 revenues

 

Financials

Illumina guides cautiously for second half of 2021

UK virus testing contributes 42% of ONT’s 2020 revenues

Covid growth starting to moderate at Merck Life Science division

Pandemic drives Tecan despite greater future demand uncertainties

PacBio picks up from 2019 after last year’s washout

General recovery brings record order growth for Atlas Copco

Asia holds up for Leybold, while other markets tank

Edwards feels the 2019 semicon slump

Covid-demand rise on the wane for Thermo Fisher

Acquisition contributions beat organic growth at SDI

Teledyne sees double-digit organic growth on top of FLIR contribution

Life Sciences’ underlying sales boost Diploma

Acquisitions provide more than half of Leidos Civil division’s growth

Emerson’s Automation Solutions not back to organic growth yet

Schneider’s IA segment recovery catches up

Security returns to growth in OSI’s last fiscal quarter

ABB Process Automation sales start to grow organically in second quarter

 

Appointments

 

September 2021 – content

Life Sciences

Acquisitions aid PerkinElmer's life science and cell and gene therapy ambitions

Manufacturer of protein and nucleic acid building blocks to join Danaher

Olink raises $265 million for biomarker identification technology

Cytiva and Pall to invest in manufacturing expansion

Tecan expands contract manufacturing capabilities with purchase

Biobank makes acquisitions

Cellink opens new markets with three further acquisitions

Purchases tilts AddLife towards clinical markets

Axion BioSystems bought by equity company

MOBILion names first SLIM product NIB

 

General Laboratory

UV-vis spectroscopy instrument wins funding

Nanalysis buys NMR software developer

Xenocs sells minority share for commercial development support

ACD/Labs enters AI partnership

Orochem signs global sales partner

Knauer opens offices in Austria and Switzerland

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

First purchase order for 1st Detect’s ETD device

Geographic expansion of 908 Devices’ network

E+H continued infrastructure investments through 2020

Danaher makes nine acquisitions in the first half 2021

Ion Science launches wearable single gas detectors

Sensirion invests in start-up to fuel future pipeline

 

Financials

Virus testing continues to fuel AddLife Labtech

NGS tools market drives Twist Bioscience

Life Science unit leads G&H performance

Non-Covid bioprocessing growth in low double digits at Danaher LS

Covid demand drops at Qiagen in second quarter

Gene therapy reaches historic low at Takara Bio

Organic growth returns to PST, while Ingersoll adds further acquisitions

Healthcare only growing division at Nikon

Camlab sees export growth prevent sharper sales drop

PerkinElmer DAS sinks to 38% of total turnover

Olympus SSD to trump after challenging fiscal year

Indutrade MST back to growth

Agilent revenue growth not fuelled by pandemic demand

Medical and consumer segments drive Zeiss

Kewaunee hit by higher material costs

908 Devices ups guidance despite dipping top line

Industrial segment drives Varex rebound

Reported Ion Science revenues grow pre-pandemic

Danaher EAS recovers against weak first half 2020

All DT divisions expected to grow in second half of 2021

Slow recovery at Kromek

 

Appointments

August 2021 – content

Life Sciences

NGS library preparation firm joins Twist Bioscience

Cryopreservation media company acquires UTL freezer business

Calibre Scientific buys additional German distributor

Analytik Jena sells two subsidiaries

NGS start-up raises over $400m in two years

Two life science companies receive Bruker investment

Automated plate handling business joins Porvair’s Laboratory division

NEB buys reagent lyophilisation specialist

DKSH expands Technology’s footprint in Korea

TwinStrand raises funds for Duplex Sequencing technology

 

General Laboratory

IonSense sees time rife to move MS out of the lab

Grace to be acquired, after incorporating API service business

HEL continues expansion with two regional US hubs

ELN company tops up funding round

SGS expands European analytical laboratory network through acquisitions

Fedegari Autoclavi acquires MEMS panel supplier

MKS purchases temperature sensor specialist

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

Four acquisitions expand Cytiva’s bioprocess capabilities

E+H sensor business buys nucleic acid sample prep specialist

 

Features

What new technologies to expect from ASMS 2021

 

Financials

After successful 2019, Miltenyi Biotec forecasts strong 2020 growth

Eurofins sees net pandemic benefit of €550m

Dx drives Labcorp in 2020

Demand for plastic consumables go up at Porvair

Overall recovery at BD driven by pandemic demand in LS division

HBIO suffers from laboratory closures during 2020

Knauer experiences small pre-pandemic turnover dip

HST expected to make strong 2021 recovery at IDEX

No second half recovery for JEOL

Pandemic demand lifts Analytik Jena’s topline to record heights

Prior Scientific growth rate down after record 2019

CP business drives Grace MT`s Q4 recovery

Analytical instruments see record last-quarter sales at Shimadzu

Semiconductor boom prevents worse for Hitachi HT

Park Systems doubles growth rate year-on-year

Process control and sensor technology at E+H suffer 2020 decline

Pandemic lifts Sensirion into profit

Siemens DI recovers from 2020

 

Appointments

 

July 2021 – content

Life Sciences

Carlyle Group buys Tim Harkness’ assembled business

After successful 2020, RedShift Bio extends funding round

IsoPlexis buys sequencing patent portfolio

Two acquisitions add to PerkinElmer’s IVD and life science portfolio

Ginkgo Bioworks goes public via reverse merger

Spatial tissue biology company succeeds at public offering

ONT raises new investment ahead of planned stock market launch

Pre-commercial multiomics firm beats IPO target

Venture capital company sell precision dispensing company BioDot

Bio-Techne and 908 collaborate

 

General Laboratory

WITec to be bought by UK instrument specialist

Camera testing experts joins Nynomic

DKSH expands list of partners

Halma makes acquisitions for analysis and medical segments

Renishaw purchase price too high for potential takers

SFW Capital completes recapitalisation of dissolution testing specialist

Molex acquires optical fibre manufacturer

SalvoTech adds optical manufacturing expertise

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

Sensirion expands gas analysis expertise with two acquisitions

USM project to pair gas sensors with mobile phones

Yokogawa to restructure

 

Financials

Pandemic demand spurs Integra Biosciences’ 2020 results

Akoya sees effects of pandemic ahead of IPO

Greiner Bio-One growth driven by pandemic demand

Simple Plex almost doubles sales at Bio-Techne

Brooks Automation’s LS divisions in growth mode

Mesa Labs still driven by GPT acquisition

WITec grows in single digits in 2019, while stagnating in 2020

Pandemic hits Nanalysis after first company acquisition

Binder meets prior-year’s profit margin

Academic strength more than offset by industrial weakness at OI

Foss improves profitability on flatlining reported sales

Renishaw's Raman line sees good growth

Pfeiffer sees lower 2020 sales, despite semicon boom

DKSH Technology reduces rate of decline in second half

Halma sees recovery starting in its second fiscal half

PPE demand continues to support Honeywell’s top line

Security segment’s sales declines drag OSI Systems down

SDL Technology recoups losses in second half

Smiths Detection grows air traffic revenues

Nynomic receives large laboratory automation order

Control segment continues to decline at Yokogawa

 

Appointments

June 2021 – content

Life Sciences

Luminex to become foothold in life science market for DiaSorin

Spatial transcriptomics firm raises funds

Brooks Automation to split into two separate businesses

Ultivue raised $50m in series D funding round

Promega settles law suit by releasing minority share

Molecular Assemblies doubles initial series A funding

Mission Bio signs European distributor

Thermo Fisher expands drug development and clinical trial services

NanoView signs distributors in Europe and Asia

 

General Laboratory

Trajan plans IPO following diagnostics acquisition

­­­Consumables manufacturer expands Avantor’s capacity

Techcomp buys Tekmar headspace lines from Teledyne

SGS acquires Spectris food testing laboratory business

Full Spectrum Group adds two more acquisitions

Izon to move into new headquarters facility

Magritek wins additional investor in Ampersand Capital

Rigaku’s vacuum products business sold to management

Microtrac expands distributor agreement in Scandinavia

PicoQuant expands sales teams in China and the US

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

Veolia and Suez agree acquisition terms

Vortexing expert embarks on bioprocess expansion

New distribution partnerships for tec5

 

Feature

Bioprocess transactions define M&A market for 2020

 

Financials

Instrument and consumables sales drive Stratec

Roche MDx increases secure divisional growth

Expedeon acquisition helps Abcam to grow

Pandemic to shape Sartorius’s fortune through 2021

Consumable sales drive Eppendorf’s record year

PSS pins hope on second half improvements

Pandemic restrictions hit MKS Light & Motion segment most

Second half compensates for Bohui Innovation’s weak start

Beijing Labtech feels pandemic effects in first public year

Industrial and oil industry demand drops at Spectris

Consumable sales from biopharma drive Avantor

Stanhope-Seta sees sales increase in latest financial year

Analytical sales forecast to plateau at eve of Trajan IPO

Biotage sees organic chemistry recovery in last quarter

Laboratory business drives MT’s recovery in fourth quarter

Oil price slump hits AHL hard

Covid-19 gives Repligen a 17% sales tailwind

Security recovers at Inficon

Patchy recovery at Suez does not include WTS

Comet X-ray units struggle in pandemic year

Nederman MCT only growing segment in 2020

Alpha MOS sees 2019 advances wiped out

 

Appointments

May 2021 – content

Life Sciences

Cellink expands core, enters consumable manufacturing market

IDT adds NGS library preparation specialist

Bio-Techne expands Dx capabilities

Acquisition adds further liquid handling expertise to SPT Labtech

Bio-Rad sees Sartorius stake as “long-term investment”

Carterra raises funds for high throughput SPR technology

Research and drug development deal for Ultivue

LGC buys clinical Dx QC specialist

Pandemic demand firms up public listing plans at ONT

Bruker acquires automated MALDI target preparation platform

 

General Laboratory

Dotmatics to be acquired by life science software firm

Judges adds modular vapour deposition technology through purchase

Analytik Jena opens US application lab

Calibre Scientific stocks up on European laboratory suppliers

Despite pandemic impact Arquimed names 2020 “best ever year”

Paragon Scientific expands LGC’s reference materials offering

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

Automated vision inspection company joins KPM Analytics

Equity company takes majority share of PST group

Danaher's Water Quality platform purchases two software companies

Miniaturised NIR spectrometer firm wins seed funding

­­Mettler-Toledo expands sensor offering into bioprocess market

Block Engineering participates in government contracts

 

Financials

LS research and applied see Q4 rally at Merck

Pandemic causes change of sales mix for Luminex

Life Science segment gifts Bio-Rad a record year

MDx grows in high double figures at bioMérieux

Testing demand drives growth at SourceBio

Semiconductor demand saves Horiba, with Scientific holding up

Specac sales plateau on Brexit-related high demand in prior year

Brexit uncertainties affect Grant Instruments’ top line

Diagnostics and MS businesses come through for Bruker

Xylem’s Test business grows year-on-year in Q4

Analytics segment up slightly at Hellma

Instruments benefit from acquisitions at Teledyne

ABB's IA challenged as main industries severely hit

Continued COVID-related demand pushes FLIR to growth

Software businesses and purchases provide growth at Roper

Stable performance for Sick Group during pandemic year

Industrial markets hold up for Vaisala in 2020

 

Appointments

April 2021 – content

Life Sciences

Equity company buys films and foils specialist

Hologic makes three acquisitions

Abcam expands Chinese footprint

Optibrium wins equity investment for growth strategy

PacBio wins funds for expansion

Cytometry product line sold to instrument giant

Thermo Fisher expands viral vector capacity with two Belgian sites

Acquisition expands Merck’s capabilities in mRNA vaccine development

GeneX India expands supplier base

Thomas Scientific establishes Molecular Diagnostics business

Agilent buys NGS-based liquid biopsy company

 

General Laboratory

PerkinElmer buys in LC columns manufacturing expertise

Viscometry specialist opens R&D lab expansion

Phenomenex expands number of foreign offices

Coherent decides for merger partner after bidding war

Funding enables international expansion of ELN and IoT firm

KPM Analytics partners for NIR instrument calibration

Agilent wins GC infringement case

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

Union Park expands PI group with two acquisitions

Hach partners LuminUltra for wastewater Covid monitoring

Navigo and eleva team up for purification resin

 

Financials

Decentralised testing spurs Fluidigm’s microfluidics business

LS only division to grow at Gooch & Housego

Dassault Systémes expands Life Science division

Cytiva and Covid-19 lead increases at Danaher LS

Pandemic spurs high pipette tip demand at Tecan

Corning cell culture sales fall

Annual order book declines 13% at Judges Scientific

Semiconductor demand helps Atlas Copco’s vacuum unit

JULABO presents record 2019

TFS’ analytical instruments segment recovers to growth in Q4

PerkinElmer’s investment in Dx pays off

Cost savings allows Ametek EIG to report growing earnings

Annual analytical instrument sales increase at Danaher EAS

Leidos’ Civil division helped by acquisition

 

Appointments

 

 

March 2021 – content

March 2021 – content

 

Life Sciences

Illumina to re-incorporate oncology diagnostics spin-out

StageBio makes second acquisition in three years

Peptide specialist changes name

Intabio snapped up by one of its MS partners

Rapid virus testing specialist joins Thermo Fisher Scientific

LI-COR sells dye family to investigational oncology therapies developer

Launch of software to introduce Akoya’s ‘spatial biology platform’

Cole-Parmer renames, expands into MDx standards

Tecan buys equity share in ELN company

 

General Laboratory

Rigaku sells majority stake in pursuit of global expansion

SPEX CetriPrep becomes part of Cole-Parmer

Equity company invests in EMS

Teledyne CETAC signs two new US representatives

Acquisition expands Luna’s fibre-optics testing capabilities

Salvo Technologies adds spectroscopy and thin coating expertise

Exum reaches commercial goals in 2020

Luxel licenses GridTape sample stage technology

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

Purolite aims for inorganic expansion for the first time

Thermo Fisher expands viral vector capacity with two Belgian sites

Gamma buys magnetic cell selection specialist

NevadaNano signs Japanese distribution partner

Kromek wins funding for sequencing-based biothreat detection system

Alpha MOS signs Australian distribution partner

Low voltage wire purchase to lift Diploma by a quarter

 

Financi­als

Porvair Laboratory experiences single-digit pandemic dip

Illumina sees “durable” clinical sales during pandemic year

Covid demand contributes 35% of Qiagen turnover

Non-Covid organic sales increase by 7% at AddLife Labtech

Sequencing demand and investment send PacBio’s share price up

Strong finish for Waters while TA faces challenges

Nanalysis hit by pandemic

SDK Chemical delivers small Q4 growth

Semicon manufacturing sales up at Oxford Instruments

Q4 recovery turns into Q1 barnstorm for Agilent

Tosoh Specialty gets off lightly

Getinge Q4 LS sales fall while orders sky-rocket

Schneider Electric IA remains weak

Filtration sales grow at Parker-Hannifin

 

Appointments

 

February 2021 – content

Life Sciences

Caron Products completes recapitalisation

NGS panel developer raises investment for commercial expansion

Absolute Antibody acquired by equity-supported competitor

PerkinElmer to expand diagnostics business with further purchase

Abcam opens West Coast facility

Calibre Scientific completes three more acquisitions in Europa and Canada

SPT Life Sciences group expands with purchase

Genewerk pockets investment

Multi-dimensional imaging and big data focus of latest Zeiss acquisition

R&D collaboration for ‘Ghost Cytometry’

Single-cell specialist raises funds and announces strategic partnership

TFS buys novel fluorescent dye company

Biospecimen intermediary joins Brooks’ LS services business

 

General Laboratory               

Cleanroom technology and safety cabinets focus of SDI’s latest purchase

ITW to buy MTS Systems’ test & simulation business

Huber opens French service hub

NMR console technology at heart of Nanalysis’ OEM deal

Bruker and OI settle patent dispute

IDEX to acquire pump business

 

Process & hand-held instrumentation

Sartorius expands its portfolio with process separation acquisitions

Major sensor developer to be bought by Teledyne

 

Feature

TDA Outlook 2021

Making up for pandemic year:

All instrument categories but one due to expand in 2021

 

Financials

Academic shut downs cause HBIO sales reductions

SPT Labtech net income grows 60-fold

Eurofins meets organic growth target

Brooks LS businesses see pandemic head and tail winds

Coronavirus testing and vaccine development buoy Takara Bio’s sales

COVID demand temporarily stops steady decline of Enzo Biochem

A&T leads by growth at Netzsch in fiscal 2019

SDI benefits from one-off contracts and acquisitions

Semiconductor upsurge provides Zeiss with “good fiscal year”

Advanced markets grow sequentially in MKS’ Q3

Australian markets weak in XRF Scientific’s fiscal year

Uptick at Kromek fiscal half’s end

Medical and food sales beat trend at Detection Technology

Siemens DI weathers storm in full year

Diploma LS loses less organically than sister divisions

Buoyant Berthold drastically revises down 2020 forecast

Yokogawa grapples with oil price and COVID

 

Appointments