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Bruker Acquires Hecus MICROcaliX® Product Line to Expand Product Portfolio for Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)

January 2012

KARLSRUHE, Germany, Jan 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Bruker AXS GmbH announced today that it has acquired the assets of Hecus X-ray Systems GmbH, a company focused on analytical instrumentation for Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) based on advanced Kratky technology. Financial details were not disclosed.
The acquisition will enable Bruker to expand its product offering for SAXS with the former Hecus MICROcaliX® product line, which has won the 2011 R&D 100 award for its innovative combination of laboratory SAXS and microcalorimetry. By integrating MICROcaliX® Kratky optics with state-of-the-art Bruker IS X-ray sources and VANTEC X-ray detectors for optimized performance and reliability, Bruker can now bring a unique, powerful SAXS system to the nanoanalytics market.
Along with the acquisition of the MICROcaliX product line, Professor Peter Laggner, founder and former Managing Director of Hecus, has joined Bruker AXS as 'Director - Nanostructure Solutions'. Professor Laggner commented: "I am glad that the proven Hecus technology will be continued at Bruker, and I am looking forward to drive the Bruker SAXS business worldwide with our most comprehensive and attractive product portfolio."
Dr. Frank Burgaezy, President of the Bruker AXS division, added: "I am convinced that our expanded SAXS product portfolio that now includes our established high-end NANOSTAR systems and the acquired dedicated high-flux systems based on advanced Kratky technology will further strengthen Bruker's position in the SAXS market for materials and life-science research, as well as for food and drug analytics."
For information about Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR), please visit www.bruker.com

SOURCE: Bruker Corporation
Dr. Lutz Bruegemann, +49 (721) 50997 5052
Bruker AXS Director R&D and Marketing

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