Bruker acquires Prairie Technologies

Bruker (Billerica, MA) has acquired fluorescence microscopy products maker Prairie Technologies (Middleton, WI), a move that adds to Bruker's Nano Surfaces Division’s existing life science atomic force microscopy (Bio-AFM) systems.

Prairie Technologies pioneered the use of multiphoton microscopy—a market estimated to reach more than $150 million annually—particularly in neurobiology and cell biology. The acquisition will enable Bruker to enter the fluorescence microscopy market, which consists of multipoint scanning confocal, single-photon confocal, and multiphoton products. Bruker intends to operate Prairie Technologies, which generated revenues of approximately $11 million in 2012, as a business unit in Middleton, WI.

Scientists conducting uncaging experiments, optogenetics, and simultaneous electrophysiology studies, as well as photoactivation, photostimulation, and photoablation experiments use Prairie Technologies' systems. Product solutions for neurobiologists and cell biologists include the Ultima and Ultima In-Vivo two-photon microscopy product lines, which enable advanced brain slice and intravital studies deep into tissues to over 900 µm in penetration depth. Also, the company's Opterra swept-field multipoint scanning confocal fluorescence microscope enables high-speed, live cell imaging and dynamic observation of fast cellular events.

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