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Agilent Renames Velocity11 Business

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies has renamed its Velocity11 business Agilent Automated Solutions, the firm said today.

The firm made the announcement at the Association for Laboratory Automation 2009 Conference being held this week in Palm Springs, Calif. Agilent Automated Solutions is part of the company's Life Sciences Solutions unit and introduced new products at the conference, including the Direct Drive Robot for applications such as DNA extraction and PCR sample preparation and the VWorks Automation Control Software.

Agilent acquired Velocity11 in December 2007 in an effort to strengthen its automated sample prep offerings across a broad range of applications.

The Scan

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