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Thermo Electron Corporation (TMO) Enters New Lab Automation Partnership With Novartis Institutes For Biomedical Research (NVS)

10/19/2005 5:10:41 PM

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thermo Electron Corporation , a premier supplier of analytical solutions, announced today a new agreement with the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc. (NIBRI) in Cambridge, Mass. Under this agreement, Thermo will supply Ultra High Throughput Screening (uHTS) automation technologies to Novartis' new global research headquarters in Cambridge.

After a competitive review and selection process, NIBRI chose Thermo's CRS Dimension4(TM) Distributed Motion System for high throughput screening to enhance its research and drug discovery efforts. Dimension4 is a modular laboratory automation platform that provides reliable, flexible, and scalable automation of virtually any laboratory assay, method, or protocol.

"As Novartis enters a new chapter with the opening of its global research headquarters here in Massachusetts, Thermo will work closely with NIBRI to facilitate and augment the drug discovery process with what we feel are the best automation tools available," said Marc Casper, president, Thermo Electron Life and Laboratory Sciences. "We will act as NIBRI's support system by providing a breadth of quality HTS and automation products, services and support."

About Thermo Electron

Thermo Electron Corporation is the world leader in analytical instruments. Our instrument solutions enable our customers to make the world a healthier, cleaner and safer place. Thermo's Life and Laboratory Sciences business provides analytical instruments, scientific equipment, services, and software solutions for life science, drug discovery, clinical, environmental, and industrial laboratories. Thermo's Measurement and Control business is dedicated to providing analytical instruments used in a variety of manufacturing processes and in-the-field applications including those associated with safety and homeland security. Based near Boston, Massachusetts, Thermo has revenues of more than $2 billion, and employs approximately 10,000 people in 30 countries. For more information, visit

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