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Thermo Fisher Scientific acquires Proxeon
WALTHAM, Mass.—Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has acquired Proxeon A/S, a supplier of products for proteomics analysis that is headquartered in Odense, Denmark. Thermo notes that the company "is recognized for its ability to provide a simplified proteomics workflow, including nanoflow liquid chromatography systems, columns, ion sources, and bioinformatics software, to meet the need for robust high-sensitivity liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) analysis in complex proteomics applications."
Proxeon had revenues of approximately $10 million in 2009 and has nearly 40 employees. Specific terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Thermo Fisher indicates that Proxeon will be integrated into its Analytical Technologies Segment, and Thermo does not expect this transaction to have a material impact on its 2010 financial results.
Proxeon's nanoflow liquid chromatography system, EASY-nLC, has been adopted by a number of the world's leading proteomic centers for what Thermo calls "its exceptional simplicity and ease of use." The system features, among other things, an intuitive graphical user interface, touch-screen operation and remote diagnostics capability. The compact system footprint includes a unique autosampler, which allows reproducible low-nanoliter injections into the mass spectrometer, reportedly permitting researchers to improve productivity without comprising performance. The system also provides two-dimensional chromatographic capability to identify more proteins than conventional methods, without the increased complexity of added valves and pumps.
"By offering a high-performance solution that addresses the need for simplified operation, we can meet the increasing demand for LC/MS in proteomics applications," says Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific. "These systems can be easily integrated with our leading ion trap, hybrid and triple quadrupole mass spectrometry systems, in line with our strategy of providing comprehensive LC/MS solutions for both high-end research and routine applications."