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Japan s Rigaku/MSC Swallows Structural Proteomics Tools Shop RoboDesign

NEW YORK, March 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Rigaku/MSC, a Japanese tools company, has acquired RoboDesign International, RoboDesign said this week.

RoboDesign specializes in biotech and lab automation equipment and robotics and will become Rigaku/MSC's newest subsidiary.

The firm said Rigaku/MSC plans to use its protein crystallization growth, storage, retrieval, and imaging technologies to complement its existing initiatives, which include the development of software and robotic crystallography solutions.

RoboDesign will continue to operate out of Carlsbad, Calif. Keith Crane, senior vice president of Rigaku/MSC's US operations in The Woodlands, Texas, will become RoboDesign's new president and chief operating officer.

RoboDesign previously had a distribution partnerhsip with Rigaku/MSC, under which it sold protein crystal analysis systems to the University of Nottingham and European Molecular Biology Laboratory last year.

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