Harvard Bioscience, reporting a small decline in second-quarter revenues, said it would exploit its database of more than 150,000 academics in an effort to increase sales.

The firm also disclosed that it has engaged investment banking firm Thomas Weisel Partners to help it find a buyer for the capital equipment segment, which includes the struggling Genomic Solutions business. The company said it would use proceeds from the sale to pay down a $15.2 million debt facility and finance tuck-in acquisitions for the apparatus business.

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