Agilent Technologies Debuts Acquisitions, Significant Workflow Innovations at Pittcon
Product News May 26, 2008
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire TILL Photonics GmbH and has completed the acquisition of Colloidal Dynamics. Both companies will join the recently created Materials Science Solutions Unit within Agilent’s Life Science and Chemical Analysis business.
In addition to the acquisitions, Agilent also announced five enhancements to its flagship gas chromatograph (GC) and GC/rnass spectrometer (GC/MS) platforms, designed to improve analysis of complex mixtures and make powerful qualitative and quantitative capabilities accessible to a wider range of laboratories.
Acquisitions for Business Unit
The Agilent Materials Science Solution Unit (MSSU) was formed in 2007 under the leadership of Mike Gasparian, vice president and general manager. MSSU’s focus is to provide microscopy, particle analysis and optical spectroscopy solutions for the materials testing, life sciences and chemical analysis markets, as well as to advance nanotechnology.
“Our Materials Science Solutions Unit targets expansion of measurement platforms for research scientists in many existing and new market segments,” said Mike Gasparian, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Materials Science Solutions Unit.
“When final, the TILL Photonics acquisition will position Agilent as a premier provider of advanced optical and fluorescence microscopy systems. Colloidal Dynamics launches our particle-measurement portfolio, allowing us to offer customers unmatched zeta-potential and particle-size measurement tools.”
TILL Photonics develops and markets life science products for fluorescence microscopy. The acquisition will complement Agilent’s atomic force microscope (AFM) platform and is consistent with Agilent’s strategy of providing customers with comprehensive workflow solutions.
New Workflow Innovations Launched at Piticon
- 7890A GC and 5975 C GC/MS
• The first GC x GC configuration that doesn’t use cryogen cooling. This removes a great deal of complexity making the high peak capacity and resolving power of this method accessible to a much wider range of labs.
• The acquisition of the BIos bead nitrogen/phosphorous detector technology for the GC, designed to substantially increase productivity and uptime.
• The Agilent J&W High-Efficiency Capillary GC Column product line. Smaller internal diameter delivers high resolution while shorter lengths increase speed.
• A new Triple-Axis detector for the 5975C GC/MS, delivering the industry’s strongest signal at any given operating gain.
• An upgrade to Agilent’s Deconvolution Reporting Software 101: GC/MS, used to extract MS signals from complex mixtures. It is especially useful with dirty matrices.
• The high-performance 1 200 Series Rapid Resolution Liquid Chromatography autosampler, delivering the lowcarryover and high precision.
• Latest version of its triple quadrupole mass spectrometer the Agilent 641 OB. It features polarity switching scans to allow complex samples showing strong fragmentation in negative polarity to be analyzed in a single run. Agilent also announced the landmark sale of the 500th 6410triple quad in less the two years.