Agilent acquires Molecular Imaging

Dec. 1, 2005
Agilent Technologies has acquired privately held Molecular Imaging Corporation (Tempe, AZ), a leading developer and manufacturer of nanotechnology measurement tools.

PALO ALTO, CA - Agilent Technologies has acquired privately held Molecular Imaging Corporation (Tempe, AZ), a leading developer and manufacturer of nanotechnology measurement tools. Financial details were not disclosed. Among other things, Molecular Imaging is known for its atomic force microscopes (AFMs), the principal imaging and measurement instruments used by researchers working in nanotechnology.

Agilent already has a solid position in the laser interferometer market to precisely measure distances at the nanometer scale. The acquisition of Molecular Imaging marks the next step in strengthening Agilent’s market position in nanomeasurement by extending the company’s portfolio into imaging at the nanometer scale through AFMs.

“This is a strategic acquisition for Agilent because it complements our core strength of measurement technology while growing our presence in nanotechnology,” said Bob Burns, vice president of Agilent’s Nanotechnology Measurements Division. “Molecular Imaging has premier AFM technology that is the leader in imaging in-situ samples in their natural state.”

Nanotechnology is important to Agilent, Burns added, because it is a common denominator between the two chief areas of the company’s business--the electronic measurements side and the analytical measurements side, which concentrates on life sciences and chemical analysis.

Atomic force microscopes are a significant portion of the $1 billion market for nanotechnology measurement tools. Molecular Imaging’s chief product line is the PicoPlus family of modular, high-resolution AFMs, which are used for high-resolution imaging in fluids as well as ambient and controlled environmental and temperature conditions. Customers are researchers in the areas of drug discovery, life science, electrochemistry, materials science and polymer science.

Professor Stuart Lindsay and Dr. Tianwei Jing from Arizona State University founded Molecular Imaging in 1993 and has had a continuous relationship with ASU since then. Because of these strong ties, Agilent has no plans to move Molecular Imaging operations from the Tempe area. Molecular Imaging employees have joined Agilent.

Sponsored Recommendations

Request a quote: Micro 3D Printed Part or microArch micro-precision 3D printers

April 11, 2024
See the results for yourself! We'll print a benchmark part so that you can assess our quality. Just send us your file and we'll get to work.

Request a free Micro 3D Printed sample part

April 11, 2024
The best way to understand the part quality we can achieve is by seeing it first-hand. Request a free 3D printed high-precision sample part.

How to Tune Servo Systems: The Basics

April 10, 2024
Learn how to tune a servo system using frequency-based tools to meet system specifications by watching our webinar!

Precision Motion Control for Sample Manipulation in Ultra-High Resolution Tomography

April 10, 2024
Learn the critical items that designers and engineers must consider when attempting to achieve reliable ultra-high resolution tomography results here!

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Laser Focus World, create an account today!