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Agilent Closes Acquisition of Lab Automation Firm Velocity11
 
Agilent Technologies said recently that it has completed the acquisition of Velocity11, a developer of automated liquid handling and laboratory robotics for the life science market.
 
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
 
Agilent announced its plan to purchase the privately held firm last month.
 
The company said that it expects the acquisition to give it “more comprehensive suite of workflow solutions” for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic research markets.
 
Agilent said that “substantially all” of Velocity11's 150 employees have joined Agilent.
 
Velocity11 is based in Menlo Park, Calif., and has a second office in Melbourn, UK.
 

 
Swiss Institute Using Veeco's BioScope II
 
The M.E. Muller Institute for Structural Biology in Basel, Switzerland, will use Veeco Instruments’ Bioscope II atomic force microscope for translational research, Veeco said this week.
 
Under an agreement signed in the fourth quarter of 2007, MSB will use the tool for biological imaging beyond the diffraction limit of light and to measure nanomechanical properties of single biomolecules, cells, and tissues, said Sebastian Tille, Veeco’s senior life science product marketing manager.
 
The company said it will work with MSB to identify novel ways to apply the microscope to life sciences research.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.
 

 
Promega to Open Office in Sweden This Month
 
Promega said recently that it will open an office in Stockholm this month to offer its products and services directly to the Swedish research community.
 
The company, based in Madison, Wis., previously offered its products in Sweden through a distribution deal with SDS BioSciences. 
 
The company has hired Patrick Van de Velde as general manager of the office.
 
In a statement, William Linton, CEO of Promega said that Sweden has the fourth-largest biotech industry in Europe with 48,000 full-time employees in R&D and the highest R&D expenditure per capita.

The Scan

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Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

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Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.