The Avalon Cell Sorter developed by Propel-Labs has been purchased by Bio-Rad. The deal, which will allow Propel to reach its market and keep up with demand, gives Bio-Rad the 'rights' to the instrument in exchange for an undisclosed dollar amount. Now, all the questions about how Propel-Labs will handle service, sales, and manufacturing out of their tiny facilities in Ft. Collins, CO should be answered.
Seems like a good move for Propel, and a very good move for Bio-Rad, which contrary to the sounds of it's name doesn't do too much in the cell-based life sciences. Bio-Rad is actually opening up a brand new Flow Cytometry division, which I could only imagine will include hardware and reagents. It seems to me that they might be in the 'buying' mood. Perhaps they'll follow suit with Affymetrix and pick up an antibody company (like BioLegend, for example). We'll see...
Here's the new page for the S3 Cell Sorter (formerly the Avalon) with it's new paint job: http://www.bio-rad.com/prd/en/US/LSR/PDP/MC3PU4E8Z/S3-Cell-Sorter
And here's my review of the (then) Avalon Cell Sorter: http://ucflow.blogspot.com/2012/08/propel-labs-avalon-first-look.html