Leica Microsystems acquires Cell Analysis and Life Optics
15 February 2008
Leica Microsystems has acquired Chicago-based company Cell Analysis Inc.
at the end of 2007. Cell Analysis develops imaging software which Leica
Microsystems’ Biosystems Division will adapt to its product portfolio to
support the work of its pathology customers.
The Cell Analysis software
system quantifies staining in tumour cells, enabling pathologists to make
precise diagnoses. This imaging software is used with a microscope in the
histopathological workflow following advanced staining, for instance, by the
Leica Bond system. The software was developed by two pathologists working
closely with the Cell Analysis CEO.
In January, Leica purchased the assets
of Vienna-based Life Optics, a developer, producer and marketer of
head-mounted optical systems. The acquisition also includes the worldwide
intellectual property rights. Leica Microsystems will manage this product
group out of its Heerbrugg, Switzerland facility.
optical systems are designed specifically for use in surgery and dentistry.
“This new product, which the surgeon puts on like a large pair of
spectacles, serves as a fast, flexible, and easily adjusted microscope and
is an excellent addition to our current product portfolio,” said Herbert
Stüttler, Head of Leica Microsystems’ Surgical Division in Heerbrugg.