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Advanced Instruments Acquires Mart Microbiology B.V.


11/20/2007 6:53:54 AM

NORWOOD, Mass., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Instruments, Inc., of Norwood, Massachusetts, announced today that it has acquired 100% of the shares of Mart Microbiology B.V. of The Netherlands. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Mart Microbiology manufactures and markets the Anoxomat(TM) line of instruments. These systems create custom environments for anaerobic bacteria cultivation, a process which requires oxygen-deprived atmospheres. Typical applications include the diagnosis of post-operative infection in hospitals and clinics, plus bacterial cultivation in food microbiology labs.

Anoxomat provides many advantages over traditional methods of cultivating anaerobes. The system can quickly create a precision anaerobic environment that enables reliable and rapid bacteria cultivation. It uses less lab space than traditional "glove box" cabinets and can provide typical returns on investment in less than one year.

Advanced Instruments has been the U.S. distributor of Anoxomat products for more than 6 years and has placed many systems at leading American medical centers. In addition, Mart products are sold in other global regions through an established factory-trained dealer network.

"Mart Microbiology is a perfect fit for our company," said John Coughlin, President and CEO, Advanced Instruments. "It is the clear market leader in this developing technology and compliments our company's market presence globally. The experience gained as Anoxomat's U.S. distributor gives us a high degree of confidence in making this strategic move," he said.

Advanced Instruments currently operates a facility in The Netherlands and the operations of Mart Microbiology will be integrated into that facility in early 2008.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. is the world's largest supplier of freezing-point osmometers used in clinical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments and test kits for the food, dairy, and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the privately held company also produces Fiske(R) Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Advanced Instruments' products are supported by a worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors. Reach Advanced Instruments online at http://www.aicompanies.com or contact us at 800-225-4034 or +1-781-320-9000.

CONTACT: Don Goncalves, +1-781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, or Brandie
Gerrish, +1-781-793-9380, bgerrish@tizinc.com, both for Advanced
Instruments, Inc.

Web site: http://www.aicompanies.com/


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