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|Tecan and VWR International, Inc., have announced a strategic alliance to unite the strengths of each company and together provide Tecan's cutting edge microarray instruments and microplate readers to the global research market. The collaboration takes advantage of VWR's BioSciences program, which aims to provide researchers with the highest quality services and products available, whatever their application, and a comprehensive sales network - including more than 120 sales representatives worldwide and 15 BioSciences managers in Europe alone. Tecan's range of technically excellent microarray products and microplate readers offer perfect solutions for customers of the BioSciences program working in all areas of drug discovery and life science.|
Siegfried Sasshofer, Head of Marketing for Tecan's Detection business unit, said, "Tecan's products and technical expertise complement the VWR's BioSciences program very well, and together we can build on our respective strengths in high end instrumentation and well-developed customer relationships. The close collaboration of both teams will benefit research communities in the US and in Europe, helping them to find the best solutions and allowing them to excel in their respective fields."
Matt Malenfant Senior VP and President Global Lab Business commented, "The BioSciences program is an investment by VWR to extend our offering of research instruments for our customers' drug discovery and development needs. Establishing a partnership with Tecan accomplishes this, offering an industry leader in laboratory automation and detection instrumentation to our broad reach of customers. Our mutual commitment to excellence will most certainly drive value for our customers."
Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global player in the Life Sciences supply industry specializing in the development, production, and distribution of advanced automation solutions enabling pharma and academic research, diagnostics, food and veterinary research as well as forensics. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the leading supplier of compound and sample storage, management and logistics solutions. Tecan clients are pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments and diagnostic laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2005, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 344.9 million (USD 275.9 Mio.; EUR 222.5 Mio.). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN / Reuters: TECZn.S / Valor: 12100191).
VWR International, Inc. is a leader in the global research laboratory industry with worldwide sales of over US $3.0 billion. VWR's business is highly diversified across a spectrum of products and services, customer groups and geography. The company offers more than 1,000,000 products and services, from more than 5,000 manufacturers, to over 250,000 customers throughout the world. VWR's primary customers work in the pharmaceutical, life science, chemical, technology, food processing and consumer product industries. Other important customers include universities and research institutes; governmental agencies; environmental testing organizations; and primary and secondary schools. VWR International affiliates operate in 20 countries and employ approximately 6,000 people. The company's mission is to deliver excellence in the distribution of scientific supplies. The VWR International Group is headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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