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Molecular devices purchases Transfluor imaging technology.

Sunnyvale, CA 3/9/05 -- Molecular Devices has acquired Xsira Pharmaceuticals' Transfluor technology assets for $11 million in cash. Transfluor technology comprises cell-based fluorescent assays for imaging and G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) studies that are used with imaging platforms, such as Molecular Devices' Discovery-1 and ImageXpress systems. Molecular Devices will begin licensing the technology to its customers in the second quarter. "With a product portfolio that includes Transfluor technology, our Fluorometric Imaging Plate Reader (FLIPR), and reagents, Molecular Devices now offers best-in-class screening solutions for every major type of GPCR target," said Dr. Michael Sjaastad, director of Marketing for Molecular Devices Imaging.

Notably, this purchase expands Molecular Devices' consumables business and also gives it a new way to reach potential instrument customers. The acquisition includes intellectual property (IP) rights, certain third-party contracts pertaining to the IP, contracts granted for the technology as well as related biological materials and documents. Xsira was also granted a royalty-free, fully paid license.
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Title Annotation:Executive briefing: news, trends & market intelligence for instrument executives
Publication:Instrument Business Outlook
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Date:Mar 15, 2005
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