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Rolf Classon, Robert Funari, Wafergen, Ibidi, and Beckman Coulter



Millipore has elected Rolf Classon to its board of directors.

Classon currently serves as interim president and CEO of Hillenbrand Industries. Prior to this, Classon spent 13 years at Bayer Healthcare, where he most recently served as chairman of the executive committee. He has also worked in Bayer Healthcare's diagnostics division as executive vice president of marketing and sales, and then president. He has also served as president and CEO of Pharmacia Biosystems.

Beckman Coulter last week said that Robert Funari has been elected to its board of directors.

Funari is currently chairman and CEO of Crescent Healthcare, where he has been employed since 2004. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Syncor International. Funari also spent more than 18 years in various capacities at Baxter International. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.



Wafergen last week launched its first product, the SmartSlide system for long-term live-cell imaging and time-lapse studies.

The SmartSlide is an environmentally controlled chamber that provides heat, humidity, and CO2 balance for pH stability. It is designed to keep cells viable for an extended period of time while performing sensitive and quantitative imaging experiments. SmartSlide integrates into most existing imaging platforms and is adaptable to individual system needs, Wafergen said.

Ibidi last week launched a heating device for its u-Dishes that is designed to allow long-term imaging without being impaired by condensed water. The u-Dish is placed into the heating chamber and can then be directly accessed by an inverted microscope. The heating elements are ordered so that a defined temperature gradient arises vertically and avoids the formation of condensed water at the lid of the u-Dishes, Ibidi said.

Beckman Coulter last week introduced FlowCytomix Bead-Based Multiplexing Assays, for the simultaneous detection of multiple cytokines and other analytes in drug and clinical research.

Based on a sandwich immunoassay, FlowCytomix kits use the same principles as ELISA, but deliver up to 10 analytes per well, Beckman said. The kits can be run on any flow cytometer with 488-nm excitation, including the Beckman Coulter automated FC 500 series, EPICS XL series, and Quanta systems.

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