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Midway through my recent visit to the Tewksbury office of Thermo Fisher Scientific, my hosts broke the bad news: We don’t have any drugs. Evidently, this was a bring-your-own kind of meeting and no one had told me.
I was at Thermo Scientific, to be honest, because it is incredibly hard to understand what this enormous Massachusetts company does. Unless you wear a white lab coat at work, chances are you don’t run into Thermo’s products very often.
The product I went to Thermo to see last month, the TruNarc hand-held narcotics analyzer, provides a good way to grasp an important new strategy for the company: getting sophisticated instruments out of the labs and into all sorts of different environments, from pawn shops to police cruisers.