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|Techne Corporation is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of biotechnology products and hematology calibrators and controls. These activities are conducted domestically through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Research and Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Boston Biochem, Inc. and BiosPacific, Inc. The Company develops, manufactures and distributes biotechnology products in Europe through its wholly-owned U.K. subsidiaries, R&D Systems Europe Ltd. (R&D Europe) and Tocris Holdings Limited (Tocris). R&D Europe has a sales subsidiary, R&D Systems GmbH, in Germany and a sales office in France. The Company distributes biotechnology products in China through its wholly-owned subsidiary, R&D Systems China Co., Ltd. (R&D China). R&D China has a sales subsidiary, R&D Systems Hong Kong, Ltd., in Hong Kong. The Company has two reportable segments based on the nature of its products. R&D Systems’ Biotechnology Division, R&D Europe, Tocris, R&D China, BiosPacific and Boston Biochem operating segments are included in the biotechnology reporting segment. The Company’s biotechnology reporting segment develops, manufactures and sells biotechnology research and diagnostic products world-wide. The Company, through its biotechnology segment, is one of the world’s suppliers of specialized proteins, such as cytokines and related reagents, to the biotechnology research community. These valuable proteins are produced in minute amounts by different types of cells and can be isolated from these cells or synthesized through recombinant DNA technology. The Company’s hematology reporting segment, which consists of R&D Systems’ Hematology Division, develops and manufactures hematology controls and calibrators for sale world-wide. Hematology controls and calibrators are products derived from various cellular components of blood which have been stabilized. Control and calibrator products can be utilized to ensure that hematology instruments are performing accurately and reliably. The Company offers a range of hematology controls and calibrators for both impedance and laser type cell counters. The Company is engaged in ongoing research and development in all of its major product lines: controls and calibrators (hematology) and cytokines, antibodies, assays and related products (biotechnology). The main hematology control competitors for the Company’s hematology retail products are Abbott Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter, Inc., Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Streck, Inc., Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. and Sysmex Corporation. The Company’s operations are subject to regulation by various U.S. federal, state and international agencies.|
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