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December 2019 – content

Life Sciences

Abcam to buy protein-conjugation technology assets

New England Biolabs opens Australian subsidiary

IVD and synthetic biology focus of LGC’s fiscal 2019 purchases

Mesa Labs acquires immunoassay and peptide synthesis company

­­­­Danaher to sell assets to gain regulatory approval

Qiagen becomes acquisition target after pulling NGS systems R&D

Bruker pushes magnet strength beyond 1 GHz threshold

ProBioGen in licensing agreement with Bayer

Fluidigm launches new CyTOF labelling kit


General Laboratory

Bruker purchases micro-EPR specialist

Peak Scientific staff numbers reaches 500 mark

Lab Innovations increases attendance

Hamamatsu US turns 50

Thorlabs adds two more companies to acquisition tally

MEMS foundry joins Teledyne

Watson-Marlow headquartered in Falmouth for 50 years

KnowItAll attracts partners

SP Industries expands with sterile filling technology

Agilent opens UK spectroscopy R&D facility

Merck and Rigaku in R&D agreement


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Vision Engineering announces sales milestone

Sale of loss-making business to improve AHL’s liquidity



Qiagen down on restructuring charges

Losses deepen as Expedeon considers major asset divestiture

Third quarter results disappoint at Fluidigm

LGC revenues dominated by life science reference products

Mesa Labs terminates segment to start another

GEH Life Sciences sees double-digit organic growth

BD Biosciences sees US growth

HHT’s analytical instruments recover from grim 2018

Tosoh exports suffer with Specialty not exempted

Genevac weakens slightly after record fiscal 2017

Leybold below target despite positive economic climate

Triple whammy mires record quarter at Grace

Dynasil turns a loss without tax benefit

Demand in luggage CT drives Detection Technology

AHL turns back into profit in third quarter

Deferred project revenues buoy Diploma’s ENV business



November 2019 – content

Life Sciences

Merck invests in acoustic cell processing company

Lifecycle Biotechnologies divests modified albumin company

LemnaTec bought out of insolvency by Nynomic

10x Genomics closes record IPO

Stratec sells nucleic acid preparation business

Phitonex raises seed funding for newly engineered dyes

SOPHiA product update targets rare disease characterisation

Spartan qPCR used in clinical trial

GPT launches two products


General Laboratory

Gatan sale - the second attempt

Applied Spectra opens new headquarters

Verder Scientific expands with purchases in China, Japan and US

ERWEKA opens new headquarters

Update on additional Bruker acquisitions during 2018

BEST business acquires Ampegon subsidiary

Micromeritics opens European site for contract laboratory

Entegris expands filtration portfolio with acquisition


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Nynomic enters pyrometer market with acquisition

Zeiss invests in process sensor start-up

HEL Group raises equity funding and changes CEO

Spectral Engines expands global distribution network

Mirion makes two capability-expanding acquisitions

NIR sensors to expand scope of consumer products

DKSH becomes Asian Pacific partner for Industrial Physics

Ametek buys thermal management expert



Spike in instrument sales gets Stratec back to growth

Top line doubles while R&D ratio comes down at Oxford Nanopore

Luminex sales down organically

Bio-Techne reaches double-digit organic growth

Bio-Rad LS sees CC sales stagnate

PSS turns ship around in fiscal full year

Order intake weak at Judges Scientific

Bottom lines down at Nanalysis

Crash landing leads to management change at Kewaunee

XRF Scientific sees all operations strengthened

Semiconductor downturn holds back Bruker Nano

Avantor sees organic growth peak at 6%

Renishaw Healthcare profitable for second year

Divestiture of scientific imaging assets dents Roper’s revenues

Mainly organic growth at OSI Systems

Luna Innovations’ results skewed by business divestiture

Smiths Detection recoups some first half weakness

Global slowdown hits Nynomic hard

Hamamatsu sales into NDT market “brisk”





October 2019 – content

Life Sciences

Olympus Europe in marketing deal with Cytosurge

Patch clamp specialist Nanion expands into cardiac assays

NemaMetrix raises $5 million in funding round

Hybiome stake increased again by bioMérieux

Merck expands cell culture media manufacturing site

Unchained wins $50m debt facility

Bioprinting specialist makes second acquisition

GENEWIZ opens European HQs

Tecan reveals name and details of acquired component firm

Solvias reaches record turnover on eve of anniversary year

Abcam to offer cell lines as research tools following acquisition

InDevR wins funding to expand R&D in VaxArray


General Laboratory

Altana acquires US physical testing business

Merck buys data standardising software business

PerkinElmer reduces reliance on applied markets

NMR and ED elucidate crystals

Pivot International nabs two Scottish custom developers

Varex buys expert for photon counting X-ray detection

Hellma Materials drives financial result in calendar 2017


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Spectris to sell its pulp and paper process business

Gas & Flame detection business bought by Teledyne

Acquisition expands Merck’s Biocontinuum platform

Fujifilm buys biologics manufacturing site



Abcam EPR investments cause bottom line dip

Sartorius LPS encounters softer environment in Q2

Continuous investment depresses EBIT at Eppendorf

Life Science drives Merck, while PM and HC stabilise

Acquisition costs lower Tecan’s earnings

Seal Analytical holds back Porvair Laboratory

Horiba Scientific pushes into the red while sales grow

Spectris bottom line suffers from costs

PerkinElmer’s DAS held back by applied markets

Waters improves on very weak first quarter

Biotage continues record-breaking run

Microsaic recovery continues in H1

Varex saved by Industrial segment in Q2

FLIR’s G&D unit laps prior-year organic growth

Teledyne’s top line gets leg-up from acquisitions

Parker hails “record quarter” after company transformation

Schneider Electric’s IA business down in Q2

Comet sees bottom of semicon cycle reached




September 2019 – content

Life Science News

Schott expands into polymer microfluidics with antipodean acquisition

Kronos Bio completes massive series A round

Calibre Scientific adds two more firms to group

FRET assay company finds home with instrument giant

Illumina CEO confident of personal genotyping continued promise

TTP Labtech’s owner buys cryoEM foil specialist

Acquisition expands Bruker’s preclinical software capabilities

BioLife Solutions buys cold chain management specialist

Mission Bio expands reach into China


General Laboratory

Specac opens new global headquarters

Agar Scientific expands microscopy accessories with acrylic resins

Coded-aperture Raman company joins Thorlabs

AddLife acquires ventilation technology firm for Labtech segment

Members of Teledyne Imaging Group share Japanese office


Process & hand-held instrumentation

In-Situ buys process water analysis business

Tosoh makes equity investment in SMB separation business

Sofradir and ULIS combine and rename

LumaSense acquired by high-voltage specialist

Ion Science 2017 income dips due to investments

Modern Water to sell water monitoring business



Biomedica acquisition makes AddLife a global business

Dassault half-year buoyed by first quarter

PacBio recovers as CMA continues scrutiny of planned takeover

Danaher LS grows double digits in North America

Illumina halves growth forecast as microarray sales tank

Corning LS to target cell and gene therapy R&D

Xylem M&CS reports weakening profitability

TFS guidance up after pharma/bioprocess drives Q2

Profitability down in OI’s Research & Discovery segment

Netzsch A&T slowest growing segment in fiscal 2018

Atlas Copco Vacuum segment sales down organically

Material Analysis business strong at Ametek

Chinese market lowers Hach's growth rates

Alpha MOS ups R&D investment

Kromek close to breaking even

Suez WTS benefits from positive currency effects

Industrial Automation comes last at ABB in first half





August 2019 – content

Life Sciences

Bio-Techne purchases non-viral gene delivery company

Quanterix buys Nf-L antibodies supplier

BioTek loses independence after half-century celebrations

BGI opens MS facility in California

Synoptics expands with integration of SICM assets

JEOL and Fujifilm enter first ever marketing partnership

Illumina/PacBio transaction raises CMA concerns


General Laboratory

Linkam invests to support global expansion

X-ray imaging software developer purchase by Rigaku

PicoTrace goes into liquidation


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Repligen expands offering with process spectroscopy company

Delta Controls purchases level measurement line

Tasi Group expands flow meter offering



ASMS 2019 focusses on new MS applications

Leaderboard 2019: will fears of monopolies stifle M&A?



Takara Bio sells AgriBio segment as Gene Therapy division takes off

Twist hits fiscal 2018 sales during first half of 2019

PSS on course for double-digit topline improvements in financial year

Flurry of acquisitions buoys up SDI’s top line

Brooks lowers forecast as semicon slumps

LabCorp gives cautious 2019 forecast

Markes continues double-digit growth

­­Blacktrace rakes in record 2018 results

Nikon microscope unit beats full-year forecast

Agilent LSAM sees soft market conditions in financial Q2

Shimadzu in record year, despite weaker Q4

Camlab manages to grow 2018 sales

Nynomic sees American market reduce by a third

EAS reduces full-year guidance on manufacturing softness

Diploma’s ENV sales hit by delayed projects

Broad growth across all industries for E+H

Repligen sees acquisitions drive topline growth

Process Industries business performs above Siemens’ average



July 2019 – content

Life Sciences

Software-as-a-service business bought by Beckman Coulter

Avidity Science celebrates anniversary following name change

PerkinElmer opens new Singapore operations

TFS stocks up on MS software with acquisition

Ziath establishes foreign subsidiaries

Enzymatic DNA synthesis company raises funds

Two Pore Guys rebrand to sharpen commercial focus

Nimble Therapeutics spins out


General Laboratory

Adam Equipment sold to Swedish industrial group

Labfolder buys instrument data integration specialist

SLS purchases UK lab equipment distributor

Avo Photonics celebrates anniversary with new HQs

Diverse Optics expands injection moulding capabilities

LGC buys metal alloy standards company

Longer Pump expands US and global headquarters

Media Cybernetics prepares for aggressive growth phase

Microsaic adds further Southeast Asia OEM partner

Avantor disappoints at IPO

Specim expands into Russian market

UK regulator shows some teeth


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Detection Technology buys French detector and imaging company

Yokogawa buys stake in temperature monitoring specialist

Mocon launches US predictive maintenance programme

Bruker expands its semicon metrology division

TFS invests in expansion of pharma manufacturing and services

Chlorine testing pioneer celebrates anniversary

Inficon buys leak detector company



LGC benefits from acquisitions in financial 2018

Greiner Bio-One growth stagnates in calendar 2018

Purchase makes itself felt at Pressure BioSciences

Integra Biosciences sees substantial growth

Stratec’s results “below expectations”

BD biosciences winces from business sale

Adam Equipment grows sales in low single digits

HHT expects 2019 sales dip while starting restructuring

Halma E&A weaker in second half of fiscal year

Tosoh Specialty grows above company average

Scientific Solutions star performer at Olympus

Industrial and Medical lead at Zeiss

IXM only growing segment for Comet

Berthold Tech stays below forecast in calendar 2017

Oil price volatility to affect Honeywell's PMT division in 2019

Control segment stagnates at Yokogawa

Process Automation helps to make Sick Group’s growth “above average”

Inficon suffers in Q4 2018





June 2019 – content

Life Sciences

Canopy Biosciences buys cytometer firm with equity company support

CytoSMART wins funds for portfolio and marketing expansion

Qiagen buys dPCR assets from Formulatrix

SDI makes three acquisitions to expand technology foundations

HPMS company raises further funds

Miltenyi buys bio-sample clearing agent

NanoCellect expands into major export markets with deals


General Laboratory

Thorlabs adds further technology expertise to its flurry of optics acquisitions

Altmann Analytik expands into US market

Hitachi HT buys electron source specialist

Roper refocuses business structure after imaging sell off

­­Struers strengthens brand recognition by renaming Japanese subsidiary

Hübner Photonics creates US office

LUM celebrates 25th birthday


Process & hand-held instrumentation

MKS moves into laser-based micro-machining and expands Asian reach

KPM Analytics purchases two food quality monitoring specialists

Two acquisitions for Luna Innovations



Acquisitions drive Expedeon almost to profitability

Installed systems base declines at Fluidigm

Dharmacon dramatically changes Horizon Discovery’s financials

China races ahead, while Japan stagnates for Abcam

AddLife’s organic growth stagnates in calendar 2018

Qiagen Life Sciences ups contribution in 2018

Sequencing grows 4% at Roche

Chinese turnover down at Judges Scientific after strong 2017

XRF Scientific improves profitability in fH1

Kewaunee halves international sales on strong prior-year period

Pfeiffer’s Analytics division grows on broad base

Renishaw Healthcare buoyed by strong spectroscopy sales

Consumer Pharma strongest growth in Grace’s Materials segment

Chemicals grow moderately at Showa Denko

Programme phasing negatively affects Smiths Detection

Detection Technology S&I sees Chinese demand stagnate

Microsaic doubles instrument sales

Teledyne still feels effect of 2017 acquisitions

Roper holds on to strong organic growth prior to restructuring

ABB’s IA saved by acquisition in full year





May 2019 – content

Life Sciences

Tecan buys long-term pump component supplier

BioLife Solutions acquires bio-thawing specialist

Thermo Fisher expands drug manufacturing services with viral vector expert

Sysmex invests in UK Cytocell facility

BrightSpec to expand through acquisition of VCD company

Stilla Technologies launches faster dPCR

Eagle Genomics raises additional funding


General Laboratory

Foss invests in international expansion and process IT

Biotage shifts manufacturing to Horizon Technology’s location

VICI expands European headquarters

Gate Scientific raises a stir with sensing stirrer bar

Scientific Laboratory Supplies sets up East African office

Judges Scientific expands shareholding in business

Australian university sells off geo-analytical instrument lines


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Orthodyne appoints US sales and service partner

MEECO to build technology and distribution partnerships with third parties

YMC acquires specialist for continuous separation technologies

Bruker restructures Detection business after revenues drop



Pittcon 2019 in Philadelphia holding up … just!

Pittcon Today Excellence Awards 2019



Growth in bioprocess and contrast agents sales drive GE Healthcare

Last quarter recovery at Merck driven by LS segment

Porvair Laboratory slips organically

Life Science sales drive Bio-Rad in 2018

Tecan’s end-user business makes up lost ground

Eppendorf grows above industry average in 2018

MKS forecast sees Q1 revenues down by one fifth

Horizon acquisition helps Biotage to break threshold

BioSpin and Europe perform below expectations at Bruker

Launch timings negatively affect Waters’ instruments sales

Expansions impact Foss bottom line

Above average acquisition benefits for Ametek EIG

Detection systems grow strongly at L3 Technologies

Tax credits beautify AHL’s bottom line in the fourth quarter

Luna’s bottom line saved from worse by divestitures



April 2019 – content

Life Sciences

GE to sell Healthcare segment’s biopharma business

PerkinElmer divests multispectral imaging business

Bruker buys ELN company targeting biopharma customers

Miltenyi acquires light-sheet microscopy specialist

PAA signs distributor for China

Genedata signs Bruker as integration partner

Eppendorf launches PCR and freezer products


General Laboratory

WITec establishes French office

Bruker buys majority of NMR software company

LTE Scientific invests in UK service team

Lonza divests Water Care business

ChemSpace collaboration to extend access to global chemical databases

Scharlab celebrates 70th anniversary in business

LECO partners for 2D GC consumables


Process & hand-held instrumentation

Emerson adds GE’s Intelligent Platforms business

Equity investment spurs MJ Wilson’s expansion by acquisition

Danaher buys software addition for Ekso

FLIR opens segment HQs



Bio-Techne sees double-digit organic growth rates

Eurofins M&A spend to be limited for two years

G&H Life Sciences saved by acquisition

Danaher LS continues end 2018 with mid-teens growth rates

Lab products growth dampened in Sartorius’ second half 2018

PacBio continues slide, while Europe bucking the trend

R&D investment generates tangible results at MT’s lab instruments

Xylem M&CS bottom line drops in Q4

Analytical Instruments generate highest organic growth at TFS

Nikon Healthcare sees rate of losses increase

Dynasil turns a profit on tax benefits

Gardner Denver Medical sees double-digit sales growth

Hach leads E&AS with 10% growth in China

Schneider Electric’s IA affected by currency headwinds

WTS contributes almost half of Suez’ American sales



March 2019 – content

Life Sciences

Further funding for Sphere Fluidics to open US West Coast office

PerkinElmer sells multispectral imaging business

Thermo Fisher sell anatomical pathology business

Beckman Coulter acquires acoustic liquid handling business

Focus of bioMérieux’ latest purchase is food and beverage testing

Twist Bioscience lists on Nasdaq

Horizon Discovery signs university partner for gene editing research

Malaysian genetics screening business bought by instrumentation giant

HBIO closes two locations


General Laboratory

Spectris undergoes strategic review to improve margins

PerkinElmer buys European GC and MS business

Horiba buys nanotracking particle analyser company

Techcomp changes name after takeover

Roper divests remaining scientific imaging businesses

OI terminates EDX deal in Asia

Elliot Scientific changes owner

Advion launches ICP-MS


Process and hand-held instrumentation

Excelitas acquires OCT and NIR companies

MTS buys simulation software specialist

Industrial Physics expands with corrosion testing specialist

Pyreos signs global distribution partner

Comet sells part of ebeam business



M&A 2018: No apparent dominating trend



Illumina warns of slower growth ahead in microarray segment

Luminex upbeat despite LabCorp withdrawal

HBIO finishes transformative year

First annual report sees Twist Bioscience growing strongly

Corning LS continues to outpace market in 2018

Double digit organic growth of bioMérieux’ industrial sales

Fluidigm continues organic growth

Spectris’ Material Analysis grows organically, while purchase disappoints

IDEX sees highest organic growth since 2011

Strategic shift reduces proportion of industrial sales at PerkinElmer

Horiba’s Scientific Instruments continue single-digit sales growth

Medical saves HHT’s SMS segment

Teledyne sees “highest organic growth in a decade” in third quarter

Currency headwinds affect ABB’s IA division in Q3

FLIR sees fall in demand for CBRNE solutions in Q4

Roper sees strong organic growth while it leaves the scientific imaging market

EAS tops full-year sales guidance on oil price recovery

SPS grows stronger at Honeywell than PMT

Parker Industrial embattled in international markets