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Carl Zeiss Co. Ltd. Acquires Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.'s (BIO) Laser Scanning Microscopy Business

10/19/2005 5:11:35 PM

THORNWOOD, N.Y., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH announced today the acquisition of the U.K. based Cell Science Division from Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. , effective June 1st, 2004. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Bio-Rad Cell Science Division is a pioneer in developing and commercializing confocal microscopy and multi-photon technology.

"Today, Carl Zeiss stands for high-end laser scanning microscopes that are benchmark solutions for advanced applications in 3-D microscopy," says Dr. Ulrich Simon, head of the microscopy business group at Carl Zeiss. "Joining our forces will strengthen our relationship with Zeiss and Bio-Rad customers, and will allow a considerable additional refinement of both companies world-wide service and support network."

This strategic move is part of the ongoing investment in enhancing the application expertise at Carl Zeiss. Our mission is to bring together technological and application know-how to provide support and solutions dedicated to the application needs in modern biomedical research. The concentration of expertise and creativity gained by the acquisition will not only be beneficial for existing customers. It is expected to accelerate future advances in confocal and multi-photon microscope instrumentation with Carl Zeiss as the major driving force in the field.

"We are proud of the many innovations we've made in the areas of confocal and multi-photon microscopy," said Bio-Rad President and CEO Norman Schwartz. "Going forward we believe that customers will be better served by a larger, more specialized microscopy focused business. Carl Zeiss is a leader in this area."

Carl Zeiss ( is the world leader in precision optics and engineering with over 150 years of experience. The company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss offers products and services for biomedical research and medical technology, system solutions for the semiconductor, automotive and mechanical engineering industries, as well as high quality consumer goods such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars. The company is represented in more than 30 countries and operates production facilities in Europe, America and Asia. In the 2002/2003 fiscal year, a global workforce of approximately 14,000 employees generated revenue of aprox. Euro 2 billion.

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. ( is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research products and clinical diagnostics. It is based in Hercules, California, and serves more than 70,000 research and industry customers worldwide through a network of more than 30 wholly owned subsidiary offices. Bio-Rad's cell science products are manufactured in Hemel Hempstead, U.K.

Carl Zeiss

CONTACT: Marina Yurovitsky, Marketing Communications Manager of CarlZeiss MicroImaging, Inc., +1-914-681-7645,

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