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Shire agrees to settle ADHD drug inquiry

February 1, 2013 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shire PLC said Friday it agreed to pay about $57.5 million to resolve a federal investigation into the marketing of its drugs for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Irish company makes several ADHD drugs, including the former blockbuster Adderall XR, which was its top-selling product before generic competition began to erode its price and sales.

Judge rejects Apple's patent award demands

January 30, 2013 12:58 am | by PAUL ELIAS - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge rejected Apple Inc.'s demand to increase the $1.05 billion in damages a jury ordered Samsung Electronics Inc. to pay its fiercest rival in the smartphone market. Late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh also rejected demands from both companies to conduct another trial on different issues over claims that the South Korean company unfairly used technology controlled by Apple to build its iPads and iPhones to market knockoff products.

OM to sell part of business for at least $325M

January 22, 2013 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals maker OM Group Inc. said late Monday that it reached a deal to sell the downstream portion of its advanced materials business to a new joint venture for at least $325 million. The deal includes an initial cash payment of $325 million and potential future payments of up to an additional $110 million, if the business meets certain targets over the next three years.

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Dreamliner woes spotlight Japan battery maker

January 17, 2013 6:00 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The troubles with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner are drawing an unwelcome spotlight for the Japanese maker of the powerful lithium-ion batteries that have become the focus of investigations into onboard fire risks. Kyoto, Japan-based GS Yuasa Corp. said it began working Thursday with investigators probing the cause of recent problems with the 787.

ConocoPhillips selling some assets for $1.05B

January 15, 2013 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConocoPhillips is selling some properties in North Dakota and Montana to a subsidiary of Denbury Resources Inc. for $1.05 billion. The oil and natural gas company said Tuesday that the Cedar Creek Anticline properties span about 86,000 net acres in southwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana....

Samsung drops Apple injunction bids in Europe

December 18, 2012 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

  Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday it has withdrawn its requests to have sales of certain Apple products banned in Europe, though it is still pursuing lawsuits over technology licenses. The two companies are waging a legal battle on multiple fronts and across the world as they jostle for dominance in the more than $100 billion global smartphone market.

Stratasys, Objet complete merger

December 5, 2012 9:08 am | News | Comments

Stratasys Inc. and Objet Ltd. announced the completion of their merger, forming a leader in 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing. The company will offer three technologies: FDM for functional prototypes and production parts; inkjet-based PolyJet for prototyping parts with high feature detail and fine surface finish; and Solidscape Drop-on-Demand thermoplastic ink-jetting technology for complex wax patterns for investment casting of finished parts.

IBM completes $1.3B acquisition of Kenexa

December 4, 2012 8:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM Corp. has completed its $1.3 billion acquisition of human-resources-management company Kenexa Corp. to expand its line of cloud-based software services. The deal was first announced in late August. About 2,800 Kenexa workers scattered across the U.S. and 20 other countries are now joining IBM, which is based in Armonk, N.Y. Kenexa is based in Wayne, Pa.

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Judge leaning toward OK of $22.5M fine of Google

November 16, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge in San Francisco says she is leaning toward approving a government settlement that will require Google to pay a $22.5 million fine to resolve allegations that it duped Web surfers using the Safari browser so it could track their online activities. The Federal Trade Commission...

BP near settlement with U.S. over Gulf spill

November 15, 2012 6:04 am | by ROBERT BARR - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

  British oil company BP said Thursday it is in advanced talks with U.S. agencies about settling criminal and other claims from the Gulf of Mexico well blowout two years ago. In a statement, BP said "no final agreement has yet been reached" and that any such deal would still be subject to court approvals.

Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers

October 2, 2012 4:00 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A recent review of retractions in medical and biological peer-reviewed journals finds the percentage of studies withdrawn because of fraud or suspected fraud has jumped substantially since the mid-1970s. In 1976, there were fewer than 10 fraud retractions for every 1 million studies published, compared with 96 retractions per million in 2007.

Beckman Coulter to acquire IRIS

September 18, 2012 6:44 am | News | Comments

Beckman Coulter Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corp., announced that Danaher Corp. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Beckman Coulter have entered into a definitive merger agreement with IRIS International Inc. pursuant to which Beckman Coulter will acquire IRIS for $19.50 per share in cash, or an aggregate purchase price of approximately $378 million.

Agilent, Molecular Discovery join forces

September 17, 2012 10:13 am | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it has entered into a comarketing agreement with Molecular Discovery Ltd. to provide biopharmaceutical researchers with an advanced metabolite-identification platform.

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EMD Millipore, iPS Academia Japan sign licensing agreement

September 17, 2012 10:06 am | News | Comments

EMD Millipore and iPS Academia Japan Inc. (AJ) announced a global licensing agreement for AJ's induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell patent portfolio. The non-exclusive agreement provides EMD Millipore the opportunity to continue to develop and ultimately commercialize iPS cells for research applications.

Article: New technology being stymied by copyright law

September 17, 2012 5:08 am | News | Comments

From Napster to iTunes to Pandora, the methods by which the public can obtain and share music have rapidly progressed. Future groundbreaking innovations may need to wait, though, as the next generation of technology is being stymied by the very copyright laws that seek to protect the industry, says Rutgers-Camden University professor Michael Carrier in a new article for a law journal..

Newly licensed neutron detector will advance human disease research

September 6, 2012 11:08 am | News | Comments

A neutron detector developed for studies focused on life science, drug discovery, and materials technology has been licensed by PartTec Ltd. The Indiana-based manufacturer of radiation detection technologies is moving the technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory toward the commercial marketplace.

Netzsch acquires Bruker's Thermal Analysis instruments business in Japan

September 5, 2012 10:36 am | News | Comments

The Netzsch Analyzing and Testing division and Bruker Corp. announced jointly that Netzsch Japan K.K. has acquired Bruker's Thermal Analysis instruments business in Japan. Together with the international Netzsch group, Netzsch Japan will further develop, produce, distribute, and service the existing and new Thermal Analysis product lines.

Agilent secures patent for CGH assays

August 23, 2012 11:03 am | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it was awarded a significant patent for comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) methods. CGH methods help researchers study genetics and cancer in both basic and clinical research.

Phenomenex forms Phenova

August 23, 2012 10:56 am | News | Comments

Phenomenex Inc. has announced the creation of a new company—Phenova Inc.—which culminates the integration and expansion of Colorado-based Wibby Environmental. Phenova provides proficiency standards and testing services to environmental laboratories working under strict regulatory guidelines.

Leica Biosystems to acquire Aperio

August 22, 2012 9:15 am | News | Comments

Leica Biosystems announced that an affiliate has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aperio. Aperio will be integrated into Leica Biosystems, and together, the two businesses will leverage each other's strengths to grow and expand digital pathology into the global life science and health care markets.

Merck KGaA acquires Biochrom AG

August 22, 2012 9:07 am | News | Comments

EMD Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck KGaA, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Biochrom AG. The acquisition will strengthen EMD Millipore's Process Solutions business unit, which provides products, services, and solutions that simplify production complexity for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturers.

IBM to acquire Texas Memory Systems

August 17, 2012 9:53 am | News | Comments

IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a developer of high-performance flash memory solutions. Following acquisition close, IBM plans to invest in and support the TMS product portfolio, and will look to integrate over time TMS technologies into a variety of solutions including storage, servers, software, and PureSystems offerings.

NanoSteel announces GM Venture investment

August 17, 2012 9:33 am | News | Comments

The NanoSteel Company has announced that General Motors Ventures LLC has invested in the company. GM Ventures, a General Motors subsidiary created to invest in promising automotive technologies, joined lead shareholders to complete the Series C financing round. Terms of the GM Ventures investment were not disclosed.

United Technologies Corp. completes acquisition of Goodrich

August 13, 2012 9:59 am | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp. announced it has completed its acquisition of Goodrich Corp., marking a major milestone for the company and strengthening its position in the commercial aerospace industry. Goodrich will be combined with Hamilton Sundstrand to create the new UTC Aerospace Systems business unit, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.

IQT invests in SiOnyx for black silicon imaging systems

August 10, 2012 4:20 am | News | Comments

SiOnyx Inc. announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). Through this strategic partnership, SiOnyx will accelerate the integration of Black Silicon image sensors in imaging systems.

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