Business Roundup: Big deals and a tax based move (Updated)

I’ve rounded up some stories about what’s happening in Southborough’s business community. There’s some good news from companies touting achievements. There’s also news of one business heading out of town and another merging with a bigger businesses based elsewhere.

Here are headlines about and press releases from businesses in town this spring. 

Cable Matters introduces a Dual 4K Video USB-C™ Docking Station for the MacBook Pro®June 6, 2019

Cable Matters®, an industry-leading supplier of connectivity solutions, announced a new addition to their line of custom-designed USB-C products. The Cable Matters Dual-Input USB-C Docking Station with Dual 4K Video & 80W Power Delivery provides a clever and economical solution for MacBook Pro users to connect two 4K monitors with HDMI®. Unlike other USB-C docking stations, this USB-C docking station uses two USB-C ports to support a second display with the MacBook Pro. (Click here for full press release.)

Block Engineering Deploys PORTHOS Chemical Detection Systems for Japanese Olympics – June 5, 2019

Block Engineering, LLC announced today that its PORTHOS™ automated chemical detection system has been deployed with the Japan Disaster Management Agency at three locations in Japan. PORTHOS is a small, rugged, lightweight, unit that detects and identifies chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals within seconds at distances of 0.1 to 5 km. PORTHOS is currently used globally by Special Forces, government agencies, first responders, and disaster management teams to provide an early warning alert to dangerous airborne chemicals in situations requiring instantaneous and accurate detection. (Click here for full press release.)

The Virtusa PR department has been busy lately. The following are just two of many recent releases out of the Southborough based company:

Virtusa Partners with Legerity to Help Put U.S. Veterans on the Front Lines of Digital Process Automation – June 5, 2019 

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ GS: VRTU) a global provider of digital engineering, strategy, and IT outsourcing to improve client experiences, today announced a partnership with Legerity, a provider of consulting and implementation services, that will help put U.S. Veterans on the front lines of Digital Process Automation (DPA) projects with clients throughout the United States.

This partnership is centered on helping clients in healthcare utilize the advanced Pega platform to implement DPA projects improving member, provider and customer experiences. (Click here for full press release.)

Hitachi and Virtusa Partner to Advance AI in Financial Services – June 3, 2019

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, Hitachi) and Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ GS: VRTU) a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and IT outsourcing services that accelerates business outcomes for its clients, today announced a new partnership to capitalize on the rapidly growing adoption of AI in financial services. The agreement to collaborate on these digital solutions was signed in April 2019. (Click here for full press release.)

Worcester Business Journal – Three biotech firms plan moves following tax break approval – April 1, 2019

A tax-incentive agreement from the town helped, too, with Westborough agreeing to a tax-increment financing deal estimated to save [Olympus] $774,000 on its tax bills. The company plans to begin work in June on the new building, which will accommodate workers being shifted from Littleton and Southborough. (Click here for full article.)

Bruker Announces Acquisition of Scientific Software Provider ArxspanMarch 14, 2019

Bruker Corporation (Nasdaq: BRKR) today announced that it has acquired Arxspan LLC, a provider of cloud-based scientific software and workflow solutions, based in Southborough, Massachusetts. Arxspan is known for its line of cloud-based products for the management of research data under the Arxlab® brand. The company has a focus on serving pharmaceutical and biopharma customers. . .

Peter Rosati, the CEO and a co-founder of Arxspan, commented: “We are excited that Arxspan is now part of a leading global life science tools company. The merger with Bruker will increase our footprint and help us support and grow our increasingly global customer base. We are focused on showing immediate benefits of the merger to our pharma and biopharma customers. Arxspan’s proven enterprise SaaS platform will be a solid foundation for Bruker’s chemistry and biology informatics offerings.”  (Click here for full press release.)

Updated (6/12/19 8:41 am): The initial post was missing the most recent story.

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