Agilent Technologies acquires Molecular Imaging and its atomic force microscopy technology

Acquisition strengthens Agilent's nanomeasurements portfolio


Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it has acquired privately held molecular imaging Corp., a developer and manufacturer of nanotechnology measurement tools. Financial details were not disclosed.

Based in Tempe, Ariz., Molecular Imaging is known for its atomic force microscopes (AFMs), the principal imaging and measurement instruments used by researchers working in nanotechnology. Called the "eyes of nanotechnology," AFMs are used to measure the shape and properties of materials at the nanometer scale.

Agilent already has a solid position in the laser interferometer market to precisely measure distances at the nanometer scale. The acquisition of Molecular Imaging marks the next step in strengthening Agilent's market position in nanomeasurement by extending the company's portfolio into imaging at the nanometer scale through AFMs.

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