Olympus has opened a global Research and Development Centre for Life Science in Munich. Olympus will invest around €15m in this project and by 2009 it is expected that 450 people will be employed there.
The new facility will focus on taking in vitro diagnostics, laboratory automation and molecular biology, as well as digital image processing and microscopy applications.
Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, president of the Olympus Corporation, said: ‘The life sciences sector at Olympus has experienced continuous growth in recent years and is strategically important to us. With our new global Research and Development Centre in Munich we have created the foundation for future sustained grown in this business segment.’