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Micromass Sells Inorganic Mass Spec Business to New British Start-Up

NEW YORK, March 27 - Micromass MS Technologies has sold its inorganic mass-spectrometry business to a newly formed British company created for the sole purpose of manufacturing and selling the instruments, the company said today.


The firm, GV Instruments, also has bought two UK-based instrumentation companies: Analytical Precision, which makes instruments for stable isotope ratio analysis; and HtX, which develops a range of mass spectrometers for noble-gas analysis.


Micromass, a unit of Waters, will divest itself of its Isoprobe, Isoprime, and Platform ICP product lines, and associated accessories, GV said in a statement.


Newly armed with the these three companies' offerings, GVI, which set up shop one week ago in Manchester, will sell products in the areas of stable-isotope MS, TIMS, noble gas and high- and low-resolution ICP-MS.

CEO Tony Williams said the firm will "continue to employ personnel from the acquired businesses," which will being GVI's headcount to 65 people. Existing agency agreements elsewhere will remain in place wherever possible, GVI said.

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