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Synbiosis and AAA Lab Equipment develop colony counting system

Synbiosis and AAA Lab Equipment have integrated a ProtoCOL 3 colony counting system within an Irina automated plate feeder.

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Phenomenex adds polar, mixed-mode selectivities for column line

Phenomenex has launched mixed-mode selectivities and particle sizes for UHPLC, HPLC and preparative work in the Luna column range.

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Analytik Jena tech now available for manual extraction

Analytik Jena has made its SmartExtraction technology available for manual isolation of nucleic acids.

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Mérieux NutriSciences expects to expand capabilities in new lab

Mérieux NutriSciences has moved one of its Canadian food testing labs to a new, 24,000 square foot facility.

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Roka Bioscience distribution agreement with FoodChek Systems

Roka Bioscience has entered into a five year distribution agreement with FoodChek Systems.

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Institute of Food Research becomes Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) has become Quadram Institute Bioscience.

dispatches from Food Integrity in Parma

Food Integrity: Organised crime and Italian authenticity

Why the food sector attracts organised crime groups, protecting authentic Italian products and an added company to the project were highlights of the Food Integrity conference last week.

VWR deal will create more diversified company - Avantor

Avantor is to acquire VWR for $6.4bn to boost its position in the ‘high-growth’ life sciences sector.

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Covance: Increased interest in method harmonization

There has been an increased interest in harmonization of methods and quality systems across laboratories in recent years, according to a contract testing lab.

Thermo Fisher explores partial closure of Swiss site

Thermo Fisher Scientific is planning to relocate part of a production site in Switzerland to the Czech Republic.

Government Chemist strategy defines short and long term drivers

The Government Chemist is to build capability in molecular biology (next generation sequencing), NMR and protein mass spectrometry in the next few years.

Knauer osmometer for quality control of aqueous samples

Knauer has launched an osmometer for quality control of aqueous samples.

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Seegene seeks wider adoption of real-time PCR

Seegene is developing second-generation real-time PCR technology which it has patented in the US and Europe.

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BioGX expands in Europe through subsidiary

BioGX has established European operations in Amsterdam, Netherlands as it targets growth in the region.

FQN digests 2016 and injects topics of 2017

Food labs looking to make better use of resources - Agilent

To understand the food safety and quality landscape we sent a Q+A to several companies to discuss highlights of 2016 and to predict what this year could bring.

CDC revises tracking of foodborne illness trends

Changes in use of tests that diagnose foodborne illness pose challenges to monitoring and disease prevention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vicam test detects Ochratoxin A in coffee and wheat

Vicam has launched a lateral flow strip test for detection of ochratoxin A in green coffee and wheat.

Exova accepts £620m takeover bid from Element

Element Materials Technology is to acquire Exova Group for £620m (€741m).

Ametek to acquire Mocon for $182m, expanding into the F&B package testing market

Ametek has agreed to acquire Mocon for $182m, with the deal expected to close in Q2, 2017.  

Bruker opens demo facility in China

Bruker has opened a demo facility to support China’s scientific research community.

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