¡NEW YORK, July 19-The Hamburg biotech tool firm Eppendorf AG has acquired a majority interest in the Belgian microarray company Advanced Array Technology, the company said yesterday.
Eppendorf plans to introduce its first microarrays from this line before the end of 2002. In 2003, the company plans to launch additional biochips as well as instruments for processing and analysis.
The acquisition marks a move into microarrays for the lab equipment and supply giant.
Advanced Array Technology was spun off from the University of Namur in 1999. The company focuses on developing biochips and transcription factor detection kits. It currently has 15 employees.
The new unit is called Eppendorf Array Technologies, and is led by José Remacle, a microarray scientist with the Faculté Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix in Namur, Belgium.