Particle Measuring Systems Acquires Biotrace Microsafe

BOULDER, CO - January 4, 2010 - Particle Measuring Systems announces the acquisition of the assets and business of Biotrace Microsafe from 3M Corporation. Biotrace Microsafe is a leading supplier of microbial monitoring instruments, consumables, and system solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industries. The products complement those of Particle Measuring Systems, the global leader in particle monitoring technology, enabling customers to receive a fully-integrated solution for continuous and portable monitoring of viable and non-viable particles. The combined expertise and experience of the companies will also enable them to provide a complete range of services for turnkey system integration and cGMP compliance.

Particle Measuring Systems and Biotrace Microsafe have been cooperating in a distribution agreement for more than a year. This acquisition allows the full integration of the companies' operations and product lines and leverages the strengths of both organizations. The Biotrace Microsafe headquarters in Rome, Italy will provide a center of excellence for Particle Measuring Systems' customer base in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Commenting on the acquisition, Paul Kelly, President of Particle Measuring Systems, said: "The microbial product line is an excellent fit with our existing particle monitoring solutions and allows us to provide our customers with the fully-integrated systems and services they require, all from a single supplier. The microbiology and application expertise of the Biotrace Microsafe organization enhances our ability to continue bringing innovative solutions to the global market."

Ande Abercrombie
Marketing Communications Coordinator
+1.303.443.7100 ext 225

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