GE Healthcare to acquire Issaquah’s Applied Precision

April 28, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. April 28, 2011

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Co., announced plans Thursday to acquire Issaquah-based Applied Precision, a biomedical imaging systems company and local innovator.

The acquisition is meant to allow GE Healthcare to offer additional products and services for pharmaceutical and life science research. The companies said the agreement should offer significant long-term customer benefits. The parties did not disclose the financial terms of the sale.

GE Healthcare plans to retain the Applied Precision facility in Issaquah — 50,000 square feet along 12th Avenue Northwest in the business district. Applied Precision employs about 130 people in Issaquah. If regulators approve the deal, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of the year.

Applied Precision develops and manufactures high-resolution and super-resolution microscopy instruments featuring software and data visualization tools to allow scientists to gather detailed information about cells’ structure and behavior.

“We are very excited to become part of GE Healthcare’s Life Sciences team,” Applied Precision CEO Joe Victor said in a statement. “The worldwide resources of GE Healthcare will allow us to significantly widen our reach into new markets and provide a stronger support network for our existing customers. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to jointly develop new technologies, products and applications for life sciences research. The entire Applied Precision team looks forward to joining GE.”

The companies said Applied Precision’s technologies complement the GE Healthcare IN Cell Analyzer Systems used in many areas of cell biology, including drug discovery and biomarker research.

“Applied Precision is a company with a strong reputation for innovation and is a great strategic fit with our cell technologies business,” Kieran Murphy, GE Healthcare Life Sciences president and CEO, said in a statement. “The combination of GE Healthcare’s expertise in cell science together with the great talent of the team at Applied Precision will help us drive development of new technologies and create an extensive offering across the full spectrum of cell biology research.”

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders singled out Applied Precision in the recent Innovation in Issaquah contest.

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