Roche announced this week that it will acquire Innovatis, a cellular-analysis solutions shop based in Bielefeld, Germany, for €15 million ($20.5 million), in a bid to strengthen its position in the bioproduction and cell-fermentation quality-control markets — neither in which Roche has been particularly active.

In addition, Innovatis' cell counting, cell viability testing, and cell acquisition measurement technology is compatible with Roche's xCELLigence platform, said Manfred Baier, head of Roche Applied Science.

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