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  • Bruker Acquires Prairie Technologies
Sep 2013
BILLERICA, Mass., Sept. 13, 2013 — Scientific instruments provider Bruker Corp. has acquired Prairie Technologies Inc., a provider of fluorescence microscopy products. Specific terms were not disclosed.

Madison, Wis.-based Prairie generated revenues of approximately $11 million in 2012 and has approximately 30 employees globally. It offers a variety of life sciences products, including two-photon microscopes; multipoint scanning confocal microscopes; laser illumination sources; photoactivation, photostimulation and photoablation accessories; and synchronization and analysis software. Applications include uncaging experiments, optogenetics, electrophysiology studies and cell biology.

The purchase allows Bruker to enter the fluorescence microscopy market and strengthens the company’s life sciences offerings by adding to its Nano Surfaces Division’s existing life sciences atomic force microscopy (Bio-AFM) systems.

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