They look like some really neat items here and if you pay no taxes, then I guess acquisitions are easier to come by.  Website description below.  BDimage

“Applied Precision provides researchers with the most advanced high-resolution and super-resolution imaging platforms, which turn the unobservable into the observable. Since its founding in 1986, Applied Precision has become a leader in imaging innovation through our dedication to problem solving, superior imageengineering and performance.

We take pride in delivering flexible, automated and superior imaging systems with the highest level of service and consultation, such that our customers can immediately answer their scientific questions. We are dedicated to helping researchers with their individual needs and providing them with tools to collect the high-quality data needed to advance scientific discoveries."

GE Healthcare, a unit of industrial giant General Electric (NYSE: GE), said today it has agreed to acquire Issaquah, WA-based Applied Precision for an undisclosed amount. Applied Precision makes super high resolution microscopes with software and data visualization tools for biomedical researchers. Applied Precision had $37 million in revenue in 2010, has been growing 20 percent a year, and has 130 employees, according to a statement from GE Healthcare.

GE Healthcare Buys Applied Precision | Xconomy


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