Bruker acquires King technology in Anasys buy
Anasys Instruments Corp., a company that has collaborated heavily with MechSE professor and Anderson Endowed Chair William King, has been acquired by Bruker Corporation.
The privately held Anasys develops and manufactures nanoscale infrared spectroscopy and thermal measurement instruments. King helped to start Anasys in 2004, and since then has worked with the company on many technology development projects.
“We had many collaborations between the university and the company, and as a result the company has several products that leverage technologies developed at Illinois,” King said. “We developed a number of patents that are licensed by the company.”
Bruker is one of the largest scientific instrument companies in the world. This acquisition adds to its portfolio of Raman and FTIR spectrometers, as well as to its nanoscale surface science instruments, such as atomic force microscopy and white-light interferometric 3D microscopy. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, Anasys Instruments Corp. has pioneered the field of nanoprobe-based thermal and infrared measurements. Its industry-leading nanoIR™ products are used by premier academic and industrial scientists and engineers in soft-matter and hard-matter materials science, and in life science applications. Recently Anasys introduced even higher performance with 10 nanometer resolution nanoIR imaging.
"We are very excited to add this strategic, high-growth area to our portfolio of nanoscale microscopy and spectroscopy measurement products," said Dr. Mark R. Munch, President of the Bruker NANO Group. "There are tremendous application and technology synergies that will benefit our customers."
"We are very happy to have found a company like Bruker to take the business to the next level," added Roshan Shetty, co-founder and former CEO of Anasys. "We feel that Bruker's history in innovative instrument research, and Bruker's global reach will build on our own history of unique and pioneering achievements in thermal and nanoIR measurements."