Life Technologies acquires UK-based Matrix MicroScience

Posted: 24 January 2012 | Life Technologies Corporation | No comments yet

Life Technologies Corporation announced that it has acquired Matrix MicroScience…

Life Technologies Corporation today announced that it has acquired Matrix MicroScience, a British manufacturer of large-volume, automated sample preparation systems and consumables for the food safety testing industry.

Matrix MicroScience’s technology will be added to Life Technologies’ existing foodborne pathogen detection workflow. The complementary technologies will ultimately help reduce the cost of testing by more than 50 percent and speed up time to results by hours or days in some cases, resulting in lower inventory holding costs for food producers.

Among the key complementary technologies from the British firm is the PATHATRIX AUTO, a benchtop, sample-prep instrument that isolates and concentrates target bacteria in food samples at high volumes with walk-away convenience. The system is designed to work in conjunction with reagent kits that isolate a variety of pathogens, including Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria, Cronobacter and Campylobacter. Life Technologies is the leading manufacturer of real-time PCR instruments for the food safety testing market. Its portfolio includes real-time PCR-based detection kits for these same pathogens.

“This acquisition provides all the benefits we were looking for to address our customers’ needs: a solution that dramatically decreases the wait time for results, lowers their price per sample, and makes the technology even more accessible and easy to use for our growing customer base,” said Nir Nimrodi, Vice President and General Manager, Food Safety and Animal Health.

“Maxim MicroScience’s sample-prep technology is ideally suited for Life Technologies’ broad portfolio of PCR-based pathogen detection kits for the food testing industry,” said Dr. Adrian Parton MBE, CEO of Matrix MicroScience. “It’s a good fit for both organizations and ultimately benefits our customers.”

Not for use in human diagnostic procedures.