Private equity firm SFW Capital Partners has invested in Essen BioScience Inc.

Essen, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides analytical instrumentation, software and other services used in life science research. The company makes IncuCyte Zoom, an imaging system used for cell analysis. Essen's products are used by academic institutions, as well as  major pharmaceutical companies such as Amgen Inc. (Nasdaq: AMGN), AstraZeneca plc (NYSE: AZN), Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE: BMY), Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE: GSK), Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE).

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