Dan Shine

Senior Vice President and President, Analytical Instruments
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

At a time when Amazon is seemingly disrupting every conceivable industry with abandon, including the laboratory supply and biotech sectors, Thermo Fisher Scientific — and, by extension, Shine — has shown it is no pushover by acquiring a major lab and software provider for a cool $925 million in June. The company, Gatan Inc., a unit of California-based Roper Technologies, manufactures instruments used to enhance electron microscopes, and with it, Thermo Fisher is doubling down on digital and e-commerce investments it made in 2017 in a bid to connect state-of-the-art microscope technology. “Adding Gatan’s technologies to our leading electron microscopy portfolio will enhance our customer offering by creating an integrated system that seamlessly connects microscope hardware, software and accessories,” Shine, a 20-year Thermo Fisher veteran, told Reuters this year.