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In Brief This Week: Agilent; Bruker; Tecan, Attana; BioNanomatrix; DNA Genotek

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies this week said that it has provided Steven Carr, who directs the Proteomics Platform at the Broad Institute, with the Agilent Thought Leader Award. Carr will receive an undisclosed amount of funding and an automated liquid handling system, a chip-based nano-HPLC system, and a triple quadrupole liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry system. Agilent said the award has a total value of $1.2 million.

Bruker has completed the acquisition of Center for Tribology for $13 million in cash, with potential additional earn-out payments of up to $4 million in cash. Privately held CETR makes tribology and mechanical testing devices and will become part of Bruker's Nano Surfaces division.

Tecan and Attana have extended a distribution agreement, under which Tecan is distributing Attana's label-free biosensor instruments and quartz crystal microbalance assay technology in Europe. The deal covers the Attana 100, Attana 200, and Cell 200 instruments, as well as biosensors and assay reagents, service, and support. The deal extends to pact from an earlier agreement for North America.

BioNanomatrix has changed its name to BioNano Genomics. The San Diego-based firm said the rebranding reflects its focus on delivering applications for its nanoAnalyzer System, a platform that uses single-molecule imaging to visualize long nucleic acids and reveal genome architecture in its native state.

DNA Genotek has launched a grant program, under which it intends to award a researcher up to $30,000 and 500 DNA Genotek sample collection kits. Proposals should "showcase innovative and novel use of the company's saliva-based collection and stabilization products in the genetic/genomic bases of one of the designated research areas" — cancer, personalized medicine, and infectious disease. The firm said proposals are due before Jan. 16, 2012.

In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.