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to unique customer environments. The partnership makes the patented E Ink Vizplex™ imaging film available to Chilin for mass production, distribution, and sales to consumers. http://www.eink.com http://www.chilintech.com.tw

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vonik Industries, Germany, has acquired the precious metal powder catalysts business of

Ravindra Heraeus Pvt. Limited, Udaipur (Rajast- han, India) on June 3, 2010. As stipulated in the agreement, all know-how, technology, and business relationships with catalyst customers will pass from Ravindra Heraeus to Evonik, while the production equipment will remain with the Indian company. Both partners have also concluded long-term ag- reements concerning contract manufacturing and precious metal recycling. Based on these agree- ments, Ravindra Heraeus will continue to produce precious metal catalysts for the Indian market and recycle used catalysts at its site in Udaipur on behalf of Evonik. The catalysts for Evonik‘s existing Indian customers are currently imported from Germany. In the future, these products will also be manufactured by Ravindra Heraeus in India. Furthermore, Evonik successfully completed the refi- nancing of its present EUR2.25 billion credit facility on June 8th, 2010. The total volume of the new facility has been reduced to EUR1.5 billion thanks to the cash inflow from the placement of a EUR750 million bond in October 2009. The new credit facili- ty comprises three EUR500 million tranches, running for two, three and five years respectively. http://www.evonik.com

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luidigm Europe has announced the availability of a new technical poster at PAG 2009 describing

how the Fluidigm EP1™ System provides the ideal solution for high sample throughput SNP genotyping studies in animals and plants because it offers out- standing data quality and workflow efficiency. Typi- cally genetic applications start with the collection of DNA samples. Blood samples are expensive to coll- ect, as well as complex and costly to ship, store and process. Hair follicles and ear punches are inefficient to process and can provide low quality DNA, resul- ting in failed samples and a requirement to recollect, incurring additional cost, effort and time.

The authors describe how the Fluidigm EP1 System and Dynamic Array™ Integrated Fluidic Circuits (IFC‘s) were used to genotype 48 cattle nasal samples in duplicate tested against a 96 SNP parentage panel developed by a USDA-led cattle consortium. The na- sal swab samples were obtained using the Performa- gene. Furthermore, Fluidigm Corporation presented the new FC1™ Cycler, which is designed to reduce the thermal cycling time by a factor of three when compared with the company‘s current products. The FC1 Cycler can reduce overall system configuration costs for customers conducting high sample through- put SNP genotyping since they will need fewer ther- mal cyclers to achieve their output requirements. http://www.fluidigm.com http://www.dnagenotek.com

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UJIFILM Dimatix launched the latest addition to its Spectra brand of general-purpose, binary,

drop-on-demand inkjet printheads with the intro- duction of the new Polaris PQ-512/35 AAA. It joins a 15-picoliter model introduced earlier.

The Q-Class platform has enabled FUJIFILM Dimatix to develop new families of high-performance prin-

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