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Bruker Closes Michrom Deal

By a GenomeWeb Staff Reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bruker said today that it has closed its purchase of liquid chromatography company Michrom Bioresources for an undisclosed sum, and that it has moved its gas chromatography-mass spectrometry operations and headquarters from Walnut Creek, Calif. to Fremont, Calif.

Bruker said that Michrom's shareholders unanimously approved the deal. Michrom has been renamed Bruker-Michrom and will be run out of Auburn, Calif., where it was headquartered before the deal, and Bruker's Fremont offices.

Investments by Bruker will be directed toward development of Michrom's CaptiveSpray Ionization sources, HPLC systems, and related LC accessory, software, and consumables products.

All of Michrom's former employees have been offered positions at Bruker-Michrom, and Michrom founder Kerry Nugent has joined Bruker as senior vice president of liquid chromatography.

Bruker said that the acquisition of Michrom, which had around $3 million in revenue in 2010, would not have a material affect on its 2011 financials.

In a statement from Bruker when the Michrom deal was announced in February, Collin D'Silva, president of Bruker's Chemical and Applied Markets division, said the acquisition would provide the company's mass spec customers "with significant gains in throughput, sensitivity, and robustness for proteomics" applications.

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