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Leica Microsystems Acquires Bal-Tec AG

Leica Microsystems provides the worlds most comprehensive product portfolio for electron, light, and confocal microscopy sample preparation with the acquisition of Bal-Tec AG.

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BANNOCKBURN, ILLINOIS. Leica Microsystems provides the world’s most comprehensive product portfolio for electron, light, and confocal microscopy sample preparation with the acquisition of Bal-Tec AG. With this acquisition, Leica Microsystems is the only company able to cover the entire sample preparation process in the microscopy laboratory for both biological and materials sample preparation.  

The former Bal-Tec AG, based in Liechtenstein and now part of the Leica Microsystems family, is an important manufacturer of both mechanical and cryo sample preparation equipment for Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy. Products such as the EM VCT100 Vacuum Cryo Transfer system for SEM, which provides sample transfer from preparation equipment to analysis systems for EM, and the EM HPM100 High Pressure Freezing unit, are now available from Leica Microsystems. 
 
Leica Microsystems’ product range includes biological sample preparation instruments for TEM, where Leica Microsystems is the market leader. The Leica EM UC6 Ultramicrotome with FC6 Cryo attachment and the EM TP Tissue Processor established Leica Microsystems as the premier EM sample preparation instrument provider. Leica Microsystems recently entered the SEM and solid-state sample preparation market with the launch of the Leica EM TXP Target Preparation instrument.  
 
Leica Microsystems continues to be a leading innovator in EM, LM, and Confocal sample preparation.