Bruker said this week that it has acquired high-speed infrared imaging microscopy firm IRM for an undisclosed amount. IRM's products are based on quantum cascade laser methods, and the deal expands Bruker's technology portfolio and market opportunities for infrared microscopy, the firm said. It noted, in particular, the fields of biological tissue analysis and materials science, as well as possibly tissue diagnostics in the future.

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