Andor Technology acquires Bitplane

December 31, 2009--Andor Technology (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has revealed that on December 23 it acquired Bitplane (Zurich, Switzerland). Bitplane produces interactive microscopy image-analysis software for the medical and life sciences--a product lineup that goes together well with Andor's high-performance scientific digital cameras, spectrographs, and confocal-microscopy systems.

December 31, 2009--Andor Technology (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has revealed that on December 23 it acquired Bitplane (Zurich, Switzerland). Bitplane produces interactive microscopy image-analysis software for the medical and life sciences--a product lineup that goes together well with Andor's high-performance scientific digital cameras, spectrographs, and confocal-microscopy systems. Bitplane's existing management and employees will remain with the business, which will continue to trade as Bitplane following completion.

Multidimensional datasets
Imaris, Bitplane's core software platform, allows visualization and analysis of multidimensional (3-D and 4-D) microscopy datasets from a few megabytes to hundreds of gigabytes in size. Its analysis tools address problems ranging from spatial statistics, morphology, and interconnectivity, to tracking cell movements in living organisms.

"We believe that the market for advanced image processing is underexploited, and as part of a larger organization Andor brings the capacity and systems knowledge to further develop both our customer base and our technology roadmap," said Marius Messerli, founder of Bitplane.

"Bitplane is cash-generative, has a history of strong revenue growth, and will be immediately earnings-enhancing," said Conor Walsh, chief executive of Andor. "We are delighted Marius and his team will stay with the business, and we are excited about the further growth opportunities this acquisition will deliver."
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--posted by John Wallace, johnw@pennwell.com

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