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July 2024 – content

Life Sciences  

Alamar raises $128m in series C round

Custom assay developer buys biosample storage company 

Industry veterans acquire protein-protein interaction technology from Fluidic Analytics

IDT signs partnerships and opens two operations

MOBILion attracts first European customer              


General Laboratory

Menlo Systems expands US and Chinese operations

LUM expands representations in Asian markets

Dotmatics buys fluid dynamic simulation software company              

Acquisition adds further fibre-optics characterisation capabilities to Judges Scientific              

AGI buys flow reactor business Chemtrix

Axcend launches sample module to allow LC reaction monitoring


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Valmet completes purchase of Siemens’ process GC business

Ingersoll Rand buys containment system capabilities and starts LS platform

Viavi Solutions loses out in bid for telecoms specialist Spirent



Analytica 2024: Back to pre-pandemic size

ASMS 2024: Return to robustness



AddLife Labtech sees strong organic growth diminished by Covid hangover

Stratec flatlining half-year revenues sign of recovery

Qiagen LS still held back by pandemic hangover and overstocking

Pandemic demand decline interrupts Eppendorf’s decade-long growth

Reduced pandemic demand sees Corning LS continue downward trend

Pfeiffer Vacuum sees sales to US analytical customers decline

PerkinElmer experiences single digit growth in 2023

Acquisitions help Horiba’s Process & Environmental segment

Reduction in life science demand sends Ingersoll’s PST into organic decline

HEL growth driven by extra-European exports

IDEX sees no positive inflection point for LS and analytical instruments in 2024

Organic revenues at new record level at Judges Scientific

Technology leads DKSH by organic and reported growth

Inficon S&E leads by growth rate in 2023

Gasmet and Neo Monitors push Nederman M&CT to record result

Beijing SDL Technology halved profits

Record year at Nynomic despite low 2023 growth

2023 growth at Valmet mostly from acquisitions

Alpha MOS sales halve in second half 2023                            









June 2024 – content

Life Sciences

 BioLife Solutions sells Stirling Ultracold for nominal sum

 LIMS company buys verification software firm

Funding and partnership successes for Flagship Biosciences

 EU regulator approves Illumina’s plan for Grail divestment

DNA combing firm Genomic Vision enters receivership

NanoString snapped up by Bruker following bankruptcy turmoil

Complete Genomics establishes US manufacturing


General Laboratory

Spectris PMS acquires exclusive distribution partner              

Sample preparation group adds capabilities

ADDvise expands lab division with two more purchases

Lauda opens Singapore hub

Four smaller additions to Bruker CALID and BioSpin

Calibre acquires two UK laboratory equipment firms              


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Handheld and benchtop MS expert expands into FTIR

Acquisitions benefit Teledyne’s Instrumentation and Digital Imaging segments

Industry applications focus of Headwall’s new purchase              

Spectris completes portfolio rationalisation with Red Lion Controls sale

Spectaire receives minority investment



Weak sales at Illumina to continue in 2024

PacBio growth driven by its 2023 product launches

Sales decline in Life Science and Electronics at Merck

Hoefer divestment affects HBIO’s top- and bottom-line

Reagent sales grow at Revvity’s LS division

US market drives recovery at Xylem M&CS in 2023              

Peak Scientific doubles growth rate

Bruker continues double-digit organic growth trajectory

Hellma tops pre-pandemic sales in 2021

Starna steady despite challenging economic climate

Double-digit organic growth three years in a row at Spectris

Strong finish for Biotage thanks to Astrea acquisition

Demand for Veolia’s Water Technologies exceptionally high

Comet X-ray Modules buck trend

Teledyne’s environmental businesses show before unseen weakness

Pharma and bioprocess headwinds hold back 908 Devices

Stanhope-Seta grows sales by 25%              



May 2024 – content

Life Sciences  

Cell culture media expert joins Ampersand’s portfolio

Acquisitions benefit Porvair’s Laboratory and Aerospace & Industrial divisions

Ampersand invests in cryo-EM services company

Antibody manufacturer sold to equity firm

Acquisition of digital microfluidics firm to solidify Integra Bio’s pandemic growth

BioLabs enters partnership with SPT Labtech


General Laboratory

Spectroscopy accessories pioneers combine with equity investment help

Indutrade buys two analytics-focussed companies

ARC sells exclusive rights to catalytic microreactor products

Anton Paar opens two more foreign subsidiaries

Excelitas moves headquarters


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Sartorius expands global manufacturing capacity

Sick and E+H to create JV targeting cleaner industries



Instrument sales up at Standard BioTools on eve of merger

Perfect mix of trends put Bio-Rad LS into tail spin

Demand reduction hits Sartorius after three years of growth

Porvair Laboratory sees organic sales reductions

Takara Bio hits the pandemic buffers

Chinese and pharma weakness forces Waters into decline              

Specac continues pandemic recovery with reduced growth rates

Beijing Labtech doubles R&D spend

Logistics delays strike Mettler-Toledo in the fourth quarter

Destocking causes blip in Trajan’s growth history

Elementar sees sharp drop of extra-EU sales in 2021

Acquisition helps Getinge LS to report growth in 2023

Sick misses 2023 growth target

OSI Systems growth powered by Security division

Process automation sole source of growth for E+H in 2023

Changes at Leidos may result in spot light on SES

Smiths Detection’s growth led by other security applications



April 2024 – content

Life Sciences

PerkinElmer to build own life science and diagnostics business after acquisition 

LGC expands oligo production and IVD expertise 

Pre-clinical imaging focus of Bruker’s SII purchase

Antibody specialist change private investment firm owner

Investment supports launch of EPR instrument for protein analysis

DNA editing start-up makes first acquisition

NanoString receives acquisition offer in bankruptcy protection


General Laboratory

Two LIMS pioneers combine under brand name Confience

Autoscribe sold to SaaS company

Two acquisitions enhance Bruker’s expertise in non-life science research

OI expands Andor's camera expertise with company purchase              

Plasmion signs formal partnership with MS manufacturer

SDI enters temperature sensors field with latest acquisition

IMI re-organises reporting structure


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Osmolality specialist invests in bioprocess sensor firm

Syft CEO departs, while company "on course to recovery"

Sartorius makes minority investment in nanoparticle analysis firm

Spectaire expands distribution network in Europe and Canada              

Mesa Labs expands sterilisation indicator portfolio with purchase              

Hamilton Process Analytics to expand US field services              



SLAS and Pittcon 2024: Growing similarities



Strength in NGS and synbio drives Twist

Chinese weakness and demand decline hold back Bio-Techne

Revenues continue to fall at PSS

LS only segment generating organic growth at Danaher

Neogen updates on integration process and full-year forecast

IDBS sees change of strategy validated by growing revenues

Tough trading conditions hold back SDI Group

New Coherent under pressure from semicon slump

Growth in analytical instruments at TFS only partially offsets pandemic hangover

Scientific’s growth at JEOL offsets semicon and medical weakness

Tosoh sees packing materials demand decline

China looms large in OI’s first fiscal half

Digital business at Camlab performs above expectations

Turnover at Kewaunee decline on decision to stop end-user sales              

Analytics sales buck the trend at Repligen

Pandemic overstocking hits Sensirion hard in 2023

Ion Science growth provided by extra-EU exports

EIG drives Ametek’s growth in calendar 2023

Veralto growth is led by Water Quality segment

Industrial leads growth at Mirion





Instrument News – March 2024 – content

Life Sciences

B Medical to become self-contained third Azenta division

Equity investor combines three laboratory automation businesses

Calibre Scientific buys seven businesses in 40 days

Sequencing library preparation specialist buys data analysis company

Bruker to buy ptychography specialist Phasefocus


General Laboratory

HettichLab acquires refrigeration expert

Bruker purchases advanced Raman microscopy business

Hitachi transfers Healthcare business to Hitachi High-Technologies

Tibidabo acquires two specialist camera companies

Malvern Panalytical expands semicon metrology offering

Two LIMS developers merge to create GUS Lab

DKSH expands demonstration lab in China

Teledyne Labs signs first third-party supplier


Process & hand-held instrumentation

SOPAT aims for process particle characterisation leadership with acquisition

Change in reporting structure to give Indutrade “clear strategic focus”

Donaldson opens LS technical centre

Acquisition expands Bruker’s process Raman portfolio

Emerson buys ultrasonic flow meter expert

MT and LabWare achieve integration into Körber PAS-X MES



Biopharmaceutical instrument sales drop at Mesa Labs

Biosciences unit boosts BD’s Life Sciences division

Dassault LS leads by growth in first half

Covid-related sales hold back organic growth at Azenta

ONT grows on research sequencing

Maravai loses majority of revenues on vaccine-demand decline

Weak demand from analytical instrument market at Atlas Copco’s VT

Academic sales increase 19% at Hamamatsu

HHT continues to suffer declining semiconductor industry demand

Nikon sees growth in LS and industrial microscopy

HettichLab offsets most of pandemic top-line drop in 2021

Key instruments drive A&MI division at Shimadzu

NDT and microscopy up, while semiconductor demand begins to fall at Zeiss

Edwards margin decreases despite double-digit turnover increase

Donaldson LS held back by Disk Drive softness

Growth rate sharply down during Kromek’s first half              

Parker Hannifin’s Industrial divisions decline organically

Measurement and Analytical businesses lead by growth rate at Emerson

Growth in oil and gas industry buoys Yokogawa top line

Industrial segment growth offsets Varex' Chinese weakness



February 2024 – content

Life Sciences 

Bruker signs option to acquire IVD specialist

HBIO sells gel electrophoresis assets

Agilent transfers cell analysis business to Diagnostics & Genomics segment

Curiox Biosystems goes for IPO

Laser force cytology expert wins backing from Malvern Panalytical

Becker & Hickl and Renishaw partner on FLIM Raman instrument

Seed funding for Partillion


General Laboratory

Tecniplast expands into laboratory furniture market

Polytec sells adhesive business

Manufacturing tool company buys lab water specialist

Lab automation specialist adds to Addtronics’ manufacturing robotics platform

ULVAC-PHI opens Chinese business

QCL innovator receives majority investment by Bruker

Porsche partnership to shape future of ABB’s analyser production

Evident adopts new business unit structure


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Water sensor specialist to expand ABB’s process analytics portfolio

Trace moisture detection specialist part of Halma’s 2023 acquisitions

Honeywell to restructure its reporting segments

Ametek launches new sulfur recovery tail gas analyser

Acquisition expands Horiba's Raman capabilities into process monitoring

Production transfer and staff cuts at Detection Technology

SciAps moves to new Woburn headquarters



Stratec expects stable full-year sales after disappointing first half

Sales drop at Enzo Biochem despite discounting clinical lab business              

Corning’s LS division experiences fastest revenue decline

Pre-clinical growth at HBIO offset by business disposal

AddLife Labtech still feels Covid pinch

Microbiology and APAC boost BioMérieux in the first half

SPT Labtech sees growth in liquid handling products during 2022

Stable demand trends for AIRD at Pfeiffer Vacuum

Acquisition spurs sales growth at MKS

Halma's organic growth provided by E&A and Safety divisions

Biopharma markets cause Avantor to stumble in Q2

No organic growth at IMI's PE OEM business

Service contracts drive growth at Nanalysis, while core product sales fall

Capital equipment leads growth at XRF Scientific

Spectroscopy generates record revenues at Renishaw

ITW’s test and measurement businesses see strong increases              

CEM and process analytics generate double digit organic growth for Nederman

Weak performance for ATS Life Science

Analytics records strongest margin improvement at ABB Process Automation

Industrial sales decline, while Security growth remains under par at DT

Indutrade MST growth in line with group trend

Alpha MOS expects organic full-year sales growth



Instrument News – January 2023 – content

Life Sciences

Robotics expert bought by investment company

BICO sells cash cow Ginolis to management

TFS eyes Olink to complement LS and MS offering with protein biomarker capabilities

Investor consortium acquires assets of bankrupt Vironova

ONT receives investment from IVD expert

Spear Bio closes oversubscribed seed round


General Laboratory

Equity company creates sample prep automation expert

Excelitas acquires specialty light source company

Illumina gives in on Grail divestment

Photonis rebrands following four-company shopping spree                                                                                                                   

Analytical Instruments focus of Calibre’s latest two acquisitions

DKSH acquires leading Australasian laboratory distributor

STC brings technical ceramics expertise to IDEX HTS

Acquisition sparks new reporting division at Xylem


Process and Laboratory Instrumentation

LI-COR makes acquisitions and strengthens Asian footprint

3M Health Care business to rebrand on spin out

Merck invests in global manufacturing sites

Funding boost for BioFlyte’s commercialisation efforts

Nynomic invests in technology bringing MIR to industrial processes

KPM buys AI computer vision expert



Underlying growth at Tecan at 7%, while Covid hangover continues

Olink’s growth rate dips at eve of acquisition

Merck LS hit by dropping Covid demand and destocking

LGC sees sales growth despite Covid headwinds

Cytek buoyed by FCI business purchase

Recovery continues as Judges Scientific’s purchases add half of growth

IDEX HST hit by destocking in analytical instrument market

DKSH Technology beats sister divisions by growth              

Xylem M&CS sees strong recovery              

Additional costs push profitability into the red at Analytik Jena

Starna declines in its fiscal 2022

Environmental instruments stagnate, while Teledyne hails record sales              

Reduced biopharma sales hit 3M’s HC division ahead of spin out

908 Devices driven by handheld devices sales

Inficon optimistic despite cyclical slowdown in chip market

Honeywell driven by sustained aerospace recovery

Semiconductor slump affects Nynomic




December 2023 – content

 Life Sciences

Automata raises further funds for international expansion

Optibrium adds capabilities for structure-based drug design

SomaLogic and Standard Biotools combine in pursuit of profitability

Proteintech expands in the US and China


General Laboratory

Thomas Scientific expands with three more acquisitions

Purchase expands Altmann Analytik’s domestic market reach              

Shimadzu acquires software developer Biomaneo

STARLIMS makes first acquisition

Park Systems builds HQs

Azurlight expands Toptica’s reach into French market

Ametek to acquire medical device specialist              

Metrohm and Agilent expand reseller partnerships

Hamamatsu opens microfocus X-ray source facility


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Repligen buys mixing company and single-use expert

Gamma radiation specialist joins OSI System’s Security division

Polysciences creates new bioprocessing reagent brand



IN Leaderboard 2023 (Top 40): Spin-offs begin to affect listing ranks



Sartorius suffers the expected drop of pandemic sales

SomaLogic performs in line with expectations

Mesa Labs hits Covid cliff edge              

Revvity’s LS grows organically, though Dx hits pandemic cliff-edge

Bio-Rad lowers growth guidance on biopharma softness

Sales and profitability improve at Standard Biotools

Markes sees slow growth in challenging 2022

HEL increases workforce in anticipation of future growth

Toptica continues growth momentum

Buoyed by strong first half Spectris ups full-year forecast

Trajan delivers 12th consecutive year of growth

Stanhope-Seta sees sales dip

Horiba Scientific plagued by low profitability              

Softer laboratory sales overshadow Mettler-Toledo’s half-year results

Astrea acquisition boosts Biotage

Aerospace sales recover at Ametek EIG

Repligen’s filtration sales hit by waning demand

X-ray modules strong at Comet

Smiths Detection returns “firmly to growth”

Leidos notes partial recovery of security products portfolio

Post-Covid recovery at Hach Lange in line with Danaher’s EAS division

Strong growth at PreSens in second pandemic year




November 2023 – content

Life Sciences  

PacBio acquires versatile super-resolution optics for short-read sequencing

Acquisition marries 3D cell culture with patch clamp technology

Research marketplace eyes Europe

Acquisition expands Qiagen’s forensics market ambitions

Randox acquires benchtop FC technology

EMS and Azer combine to build LS and Dx platform

Genomenon buys genomic curation company

Bio-Rad and Qiagen settle dPCR dispute


General Laboratory

Iron Path Capital forges chemicals platform with acquisition

Hamamatsu makes second NKT Photonics bid

Lab equipment maintenance firm makes two acquisitions              

Lab furniture company buys stake in Lab Concept

Bejing Labtech open Tianjin facility

Two purchases expand optical capabilities of G&H

Zeiss invests in AR, camera tracking and semiconductor manufacturing


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Veolia sells UK industrial water analysis laboratory

Waters and Sartorius expand process analytical deal

Badger Meter lays foundation of process analytical business with two purchases

Sartorius enters two partnerships for Biostat bioreactors

Kromek expands wearable distribution deal with Smiths Detection



Qiagen tones down FY2023 forecast              

PacBio expands product portfolio through acquisitions

Temporary consumables decline sparks Illumina forecast adjustment

Consumable sales almost double at BioNano Genomics

BD Biosciences sees growth in reagents and flow cytometry instruments

LS division grows slowest at Gooch & Housego

China declines in high teens during Waters’ second quarter

Stagnating sales at Waldner

Organic growth in the mid teens at Bruker, driven by Asian customers

Zeiss IQR grows in high single-digits in first fiscal half

Köttermann’s sales below expectations in 2021

Global slowdown results in Hamamatsu toning down full-year guidance              

Acquired product lines exceed expectations at Netzsch A&T

Kewaunee back in profit after three difficult years

OSI Systems growth driven by cargo and vehicle inspection systems

Veolia Water Technologies driven by Suez’ WTS in first half 2023

Getinge LS sees decline in biopharma sales





Instrument News October 2023 – content

Life Sciences

Trane Technologies continues to build its LS business

Metabolomics start-up raises funds              

Danaher continues expansion with purchase of antibody specialist

SaaS company Semaphore wins “significant investments” 

Bruker acquires single-cell analysis firm and strengthens software unit              

Vector Labs buys dPEG® technology for bioconjugation

Eppendorf opens new US distribution centre


General Laboratory

Temperature control business adopts SE status

Anton Paar expands material characterisation portfolio with Brabender acquisition

Exum raises funds for desktop TOF MS for materials research

Pfeiffer invests to reach €1 billion revenue mark

Mervilab expands Calibre’s Spanish footprint

Knauer invests in laboratory workplace organiser start-up

Markes to distribute headspace microextraction method

Horiba launches new Raman microscope


Process and hand-held instrumentation


Siemens to sell its process GC business

Process Insights sold to Industrial Growth Partners

Specim sees investment following acquisition

Life Science digitalisation expert bought by ATS

Syft downsizes operations and raises additional funds




Currencies and organic growth buoys Abcam ahead of takeover

Export markets drive Leica Microsystems in 2021

Transition of licensing model hits IDBS during 2021              

Danaher’s life-science focussed segments hit by Covid to different degrees

Acquisitions prevent worse at Azenta

Freeze dryer firm Christ sees small growth in 2021

Analytics demand experiences strong annual growth at Pfeiffer

Huber reports record results for second pandemic year

Agilent continues to see double-digit organic growth              

Record results for Knauer in second pandemic year

GL Sciences grows in high teens

Thermo Fisher comes in $300 million below forecast

Healthcare becomes strongest growing Nikon segment

Bejing Labtech saved by second half

SP Industries prevents sagging of ATS’ life science revenues

Syft Technologies downsizes as semicon downturn halves revenues              

Continued strong revenue growth at Kromek

Hach not strongest suit at Danaher’s pre-independence EAS

Yen depreciation and oil industry recovery drive Yokogawa’s growth

Parker Industrial sees waning demand from life science customers