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Aspect Imaging Expands Cooperation with Bruker Corporation on High-Performance Compact MRI System for Pre-clinical and Molecular Imaging

April 2, 2012

Bruker Icon(TM) become the de facto standard for compact high-performance MRI systems for the pre-clinical

TORONTO and SHOHAM, Israel, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Aspect Imaging, the
world leading developer of high-performance compact permanent magnets,
announced the expanded cooperation with Bruker Corporation on
manufacturing and distributing easy-to-use compact magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) systems. Aspect will provide its patented technology to
Bruker for use in its Icon compact high-performance 1 Tesla MRI system.
In addition, Aspect will focus on its clinical and industrial markets
and will transition the growing pre-clinical demand for its M2(TM) systems
to Bruker, who will service academic and pharmaceutical researchers
with its leading Icon platform that includes the Aspect front-end

“Building on our strong partnership with Bruker, we will no longer sell
the M2 system directly to the pre-clinical market but will instead
refer all prospective customers to the Bruker Icon, which uses our
complete front-end including our novel 1 Tesla permanent magnet and
gradients,” says Uri Rapoport, Aspect Imaging’s Founder and CEO.
“Aspect Imaging will continue to develop new products for the
pre-clinical market but will work closely with Bruker to offer these
new capabilities through the Icon platform. This strong partnership for
the pre-clinical market will allow Aspect to focus on our core clinical
and advanced industrial markets, where the M2 platform has the
opportunity to provide novel solutions unavailable through any other
tool or modality”.

“Recognizing the amazing response to the Icon as well as the leading
Aspect 1 Tesla magnet and gradients, we are simplifying the customer
experience by only having one compact MRI system — the Icon — and yet
allowing the customer to benefit from the best-in-class Aspect magnet
front end,” says Dr. Wulf I. Jung, Managing Director at Bruker BioSpin.
“In the few months since our introduction of the Icon, we have had
significant interest and multiple orders globally and look forward to
further penetrating the pre-clinical market with the Icon, which is the
unmatched leading platform for compact high-performance MRI systems”.

Aspect’s pre-clinical team will support the transition of existing M2
customers to Bruker and will continue to work with Bruker’s Icon team
to fully realize the growing demand for the Icon globally.

For more information on the Icon compact MRI system utilizing the M2
front-end magnet and gradients, visit www.bruker.com/icon.

About Aspect Imaging:

Aspect Imaging (www.aspectimaging.com) is the world’s leader in high-performance compact MRI imaging systems
for pre-clinical, clinical and advanced industrial applications. In the
pre-clinical research market, Aspect has an arrangement to supply its
M2(TM) magnet and gradients to Bruker Bio-Spin for use in its leading
Icon(TM) compact MRI platform. Due to its high-performance M2 permanent
magnet and suite of related products, the Icon enables academic
researchers and pharmaceutical companies to harness the power and
insights of MRI but without the cost, complexity and technical burden
of traditional MRI systems. Aspect Imaging’s novel permanent magnets
are also used in advanced industrial applications including rheology
where the M2 instruments can operate inline on large-scale production
lines for food processing, consumer products, biofuels and other
applications providing real-time, non-invasive and quantitative
read-outs for process and quality control. Aspect also has multiple
clinical programs underway including efforts to provide highly
efficient just-in-place compact MRI for a range of clinical
applications including safe, quiet, and economical imaging for
extremity imaging.

About Bruker

Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR) is a leading provider of
high-performance scientific instruments and solutions for molecular and
materials research, as well as for industrial and applied analysis. 
For more information, please visit www.bruker.com.

SOURCE Aspect Imaging

Source: PR Newswire