Industry News November 2008

Hanson Wins Design Award for Vision® Classic 6™ Dissolution Tester

Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2008—Hanson's Vision Classic 6 dissolution tester is the Silver Award Winner of the 2008 Instrument Business Outlook (IBO) Design Award in the category of laboratory equipment.

The winners of IBO's annual design competition are selected based on their demonstration of "how industrial design can improve a product's performance and the end-user's experience," explains IBO Managing Editor, Tanya Samazan. Criteria include aesthetics, functionality, and features.

"The entire Hanson engineering and design team worked with the motivation to design equipment that saves analysts time, hassle, and job-fatigue while also being elegant and ergonomic; we are proud to have achieved that with the Classic 6 and our entire Vision product line," says Royal Hanson, CEO of Hanson Research Corp.

The Vision Classic 6 is a rugged 6-vessel dissolution workhorse, ideal for manual test routines, space-limited labs, and budget-minded programs. To view the Classic 6, as well as the Vision Elite 8™ dissolution tester and a full list of features, please visit

About Hanson
Hanson Research is a world leader in dissolution test technology for the pharmaceutical industry. Founded in California in 1951, we design, manufacture, install, and service equipment for pharmaceutical research and quality control. We offer a complete line of tablet dissolution, topical, and transdermal test systems and premiered our Vision® dissolution product platform in March 2008. We support customers throughout the United States and over 75 countries worldwide.

About Instrument Business Outlook (IBO)
IBO is a 12-page, subscription-based newsletter published twice monthly by Strategic Directions International, Inc. (SDi), a management and marketing research firm dedicated to the analytical and life science instrument industry. SDi is the world's leading source of information on the market for analytical and life science instrumentation and equipment for laboratory and on-site applications. For more information, visit

Amie C. Martin
Hanson Research Corporation
T. 818.882.7266 x225
F. 818.280.0831

Zymark ® Pharmaceutical Development and Quality Analysis Products join the SOTAX Group

Expanded Products and extended Service Capabilities for Dissolution and Content Uniformity Automation

Horsham, USA, PA, November 11, 2008: The SOTAX Group, the global leader in automated solutions for dissolution and pharmaceutical testing systems, today announced the expansion of its product offerings through the acquisition of the Zymark ® Pharmaceutical Development and Quality Analysis product line. SOTAX purchased the product line and Zymark ® brand from Caliper Life Sciences. The Zymark ® product line is comprised of the TPW3™ � Tablet Processing Workstation, APW3™ — Active Ingredient Processing Workstation and the MultiDose® G3 — Dissolution Workstation and related services

The Zymark ® product line and services are now available through the SOTAX Group. Existing SOTAX customers and former Caliper customers will benefit from this new partnership with a combined team offering superior customer service, technical support, expertise and innovative and quality solutions for automated dissolution and content uniformity and assay systems. Both the Zymark ® and SOTAX brands represent more than 35 years of experience in automation, underscoring the SOTAX commitment to delivering solutions that meet the high standards of the industry.

Zymark ® products will continue to be manufactured in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. To ensure a seamless transition for customers and ongoing satisfaction, SOTAX has retained Zymark ® employees to manage operations in Hopkinton and continue providing customer service and technical support. With the addition of the Hopkinton facility, customers will also benefit from SOTAX's increased US and global presence and network of direct sales and services. "We look forward to working with the Team from Zymark ® and combining our experienced resources to provide quality and innovative automated solutions with unsurpassed service and support for our customers" said Patrick Ballmer, Head of Business Unit Americas, SOTAX Corp, Horsham, PA.

For additional information and ordering, please visit

Founded in 1973, SOTAX began as an engineering company to service the pharmaceutical industry. Today SOTAX is a leader in the development and manufacturing of test instruments and software for tablet and pharma- ceutical testing and is an established solution provider for the pharmaceutical industry. SOTAX is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland with manufacturing and research and development facilities in Switzerland and Massachusetts and sales and support in Pennsylvania. SOTAX also has a global sales and service network that spans the globe with offices in Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Great Britain. SOTAX also has a network of distributors in other global markets. Please visit us at

North American Headquarters<.strong>
411 Caredean Drive, Suite A
Horsham, PA 19044-1316
Phone 215-442-1500
Fax 215-442-1514
Massachusetts Operations C/O Caliper Life Sciences
68 Elm street
Hopkinton, MA 01748-1668
European Headquarters
Binningerstrasse 106
4123 Allschwil 1
Phone +41 61 487 54 54
Fax +41 61 482 13 31