Japanese in vitro diagnostics firm Sysmex said this week that it has acquired a pair of German companies — molecular diagnostics services firm Inostics and flow cytometry specialist Partec — in a bid to bolster its personalized medicine and companion diagnostics development business.

In particular, Sysmex said that it plans to integrate Inostics' BEAMing molecular testing technology — which combines emulsion-based digital PCR with magnetic beads, hybridization, and flow cytometry — with Partec's highly automated flow cytometry platforms.

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