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Successful acquisition VUB spin-off

A spin-off of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has successfully been taken over by American National Instruments. NMDG specializes in high frequency measurements, analysis and modelling of high frequency components, circuits and systems. This company was founded in 2003 by Marc Vanden Bossche and colleagues with VUB as roots. Vanden Bossche and the other employees will be housed at National Instruments, which is known for its NI LabVIEW ™ software and modular, PXI-based instruments.

With the experience and expertise of NMDG, National Instruments sets up a new "Network Analysis Center of Excellence". This center will support NI globally in order to further expand the market on vector network analysis. Through collaboration with universities, colleges and commercial relations, they will build reference architectures that enable scientists and engineers to innovate faster and increase their productivity in the high-frequency domain. It will also contribute to the product development center of National Instruments. Nothing is revealed about the conditions under which this acquisition took place.

“Thanks to the expertise present at the Department Fundamental Electricity and Instrumentation of the VUB, NMDG has been able to develop into a company that has made impact in the high frequency measurement world." said Marc Vanden Bossche, head of the Network Analysis Center of Excellence. "This acquisition is for the NMDG team a unique opportunity to experience its full potential within a fast growing company that both develops and markets PXI RF modular instruments and graphical software for development, simulation and testing.”

About National Instruments
Since 1976 National Instruments equips (www.ni.com < http://www.ni.com) engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate innovation and discovery, and increase productivity. NI's graphical system design approach provides an integrated software and hardware platform for the development of all systems in which measurements or controls necessary will be accelerated. The long-term vision and focus of the company on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees and shareholders. From its offices in Zaventem, the staff will provide advice and support to customers in Belgium and Luxemburg.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a thriving university in the heart of Belgium and Europe, which split off in 1969-1970 from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), founded in 1834. The university combines outstanding education with excellent research. Some of the 150 VUB research groups belong to the absolute world top. For the VUB, the principle of independent research is of central importance. But equally important is the quality of the bachelor and master programs in an environment where students are no numbers, and where there is room for individual coaching and self development. Today, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel counts 13.000 students and 3.000 employees, spread over eight faculties and two Brussels campuses : one in Etterbeek/Ixelles and one in Jette. The University Hospital of the VUB, with a staff of 3.000 employees, is situated near the medical campus of Jette.

More information : Marc Vanden Bossche, 0478-288019 or marc.vanden.bossche@ni.com

Press Relations Vrije Universiteit Brussel : Sicco Wittermans, tel 02-629 21 37 or 0473-96 41 37
Sicco.wittermans@vub.ac.be