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Harvard Bioscience Completes Acquisition of Mitoscan Toxicology Testing Business

December 28, 2000
Harvard Bioscience Completes Acquisition of Mitoscan Toxicology Testing Business

HOLLISTON, Mass., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: HBIO) today announced the acquisition of the high throughput toxicology screening business of Mitoscan Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin. The purchase price for the acquisition consisted of upfront payments of $300,000, additional contingent payments and royalty payments based on future sales. The technology utilizes sub-cellular particles to test for toxic side effects of potential drugs. The sub-cellular particles can be used for testing on demand as opposed to traditional cell based assays in which the cells must be cultured prior to use. The technology can also be utilized in high throughput applications.

Harvard Bioscience is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, enabling tools used in drug discovery research at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and government laboratories. Harvard Bioscience designs tools to accelerate the speed and reduce the cost at which its customers can discover and commercialize new drugs. By providing research tools, Harvard Bioscience participates in the revolutions in genomics and proteomics without bearing the risks inherent in attempting to discover new drugs. Harvard Bioscience offers approximately 10,000 products to customers around the world.

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