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Fields & Applications Business, Mass Spectrometry, Genomics & DNA Analysis

Discoveries, Diagnostics and Dissolution

In our regular column, we partner with to let you know what’s going on in the business world of analytical science. This month, there are a number of large-scale acquisitions, and a Merck Award goes to Francesco Ricci from the University of Rome, for the development of innovative DNA-based nanodevices.


  • bioMérieux: FDA expands pathogen identification on VITEK MS
  • Investment & acquisitions
  • Metabolon acquires Metabolomic Discoveries GmbH
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific completes $7.2b acquisition of Patheon
  • Merck to acquire Ontario-based Natrix Separations
  • Eurofins acquires two Japanese analytical firms
  • CDPQ to acquire significant minority stake in Sebia
  • Fluidigm: $30m common stock in at-the-market equity offering
  • Eurofins Scientific announces acquisition of DiscoverX
  • Sysmex and bioMérieux to dissolve their joint venture


  • Fluidigm licenses CFTR NGS Assay from Baylor Genetics
  • Biotecon Diagnostics to sell Bruker MALDI-TOF MS Systems
  • SpectralWorks & Mestrelab: mutual reseller agreement


  • Concept Life Sciences appoints John Handley as COO
  • Merck KGaA announces board changes


    • Merck opens its first Customer Food Safety Studio in Bellevue, WA, USA


    • Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award goes to Francesco Ricci
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