Molecular Devices Corp.
Molecular Devices Corp. of Sunnyvale has purchased the laser capture
microdissection business of Arturus Bioscience Inc. of Mountain View, both in California,
for $10 million. The acquisition includes the company name, product names and all
assets related to the sample preparation technology, which is used for genomic and
protein analysis. The process allows researchers to visualize and excise individual
cells or collections of cells from heterogeneous tissue. Researchers can use the
smallest, purest cellular samples for further RNA, DNA or protein analysis. The
platform comprises reagents for preparing samples for microdissection, instruments
and consumables for visualization and excision, and additional reagents for postcapture
processing. The company formerly known as Arcturus has changed its name to Aviara
DX. It retains its molecular diagnostic intellectual property rights.
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