Agilent History

Prior to 1999, Agilent Technologies was a part of Hewlett-Packard (HP). In 1999, HP announced a strategic realignment, creating an independent company that included HPs test and measurement, analytical instrumentation and medical businesses. This new company, Agilent, became fully independent in June, 2000.

Under both the HP and Agilent banners, the company has achieved major milestones in the life sciences and chemical analysis industries. Here are just a few:

1965 HP enters the analytical instrumentation field with the acquisition of GC manufacturer F&M Scientific Corporation of Avondale, Pennsylvania; the acquisition allows HP to expand its measuring and testing expertise into chemical analysis.
1970 HP enters the mass spectrometry market by establishing its Scientific Instrument Division in Palo Alto, California.
1973 HP enters the HPLC market with the acquisition of Hupe and Busch.
1973 HP introduces the 5830 GC, the world's first microprocessor-controlled analytical instrument.
1976 HP introduces the first benchtop GC/MS, the HP 5990.
1979 HP introduces fused silica capillary columns for gas chromatography, simplifying chemical analysis and allowing more compounds to be analyzed.
1984 HP introduces the 5890 Series, the best-selling GC in history.
1985 HP offers a thermospray interfacean early breakthrough in LC/MS instruments.
1988 HP introduces the 1050 Series, putting an end to the one-size-fits-all approach of integrated HPLC systems.
1989 HP introduces ChemStation chromatography software, which goes on to become an industry best-seller.
1992 HP and Yokogawa Electric Corporation form Yokogawa Analytical Systems, a joint venture to manufacture and sell analytical instruments and systems in Japan.
1994 HP introduces world's first benchtop ICP-MS system, used for trace metal analysis.
1995 HP strengthens its presence in the emerging China market by establishing the Shanghai Analytical Instrument Factory, a joint venture company.
1995 HP introduces the 6890 Series GC, a platform for the next generation of high-performance gas chromatography.
1995 HP introduces the 1100 Series, now the world's most popular HPLC.
1996 HP introduces the 5973 GC/MSD, setting a new standard for GC/MS.
1997 HP continues to expand its mass spec portfolio by introducing the 1100 Series LC/MSD.
1999 Agilent introduces the Agilent 2100 bioanalyzer, the world's first commercial lab-on-a-chip system.
2000 Agilent introduces a microarray scanner and its first microarray products, and eventually becomes the second largest microarray provider.
2000 Agilent introduces the 1100 Series LC/MSD ion trap mass spectrometer.
2000 Agilent acquires J&W scientific, world's largest manufacturer and supplier of capillary GC columns.
2003 Agilent introduces the 1100 Series LC/MSD time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometer.
2003 Agilent introduces the 6820 GC, the first GC designed specifically for China. The introduction underscores Agilent's commitment to Asia-Pacific's fast-growing chemical analysis market.
2004 Agilent introduces a whole human genome microarray, which features all human genes on a single glass slide.
2004 Agilent acquires Silicon Genetics, becoming a market leader in life science informatics.
2004

Agilent introduces the Agilent 5100 automated-lab-on-chip platform.

2005

Agilent announces breakthrough aCGH microarray application for disease research.

2005

Agilent launches world's first on-line microarray design tool.

2005

Agilent introduces the world's first microfluidic HPLC-Chip/MS for proteomics.

2005

Agilent introduces world's first simultaneous multimode ion source for mass spectrometry.

2005

Agilent acquires Scientific Software, Inc., a leader in laboratory informatics and chromatography software.

2005

Agilent develops a next generation microarray fabrication platform that increases the number of features on a standard slide by a factor of four, to 185,000.

2005

Agilent launches its ChIP-on-chip microarray application providing new insight into how genes are activated.

2006

The innovative and flexible 1200-Series LC succeeds Agilent's flagship 1100 Series.

2006

Agilent launches expansion of its mass spectrometer portfolio, doubling the company's MS market opportunity.

2006

244,000-feature Agilent microarrays become available commercially. The ability to print multiple microarrays on a single slide significantly reduces cost-per-experiment.

2007

Agilent launches the 7890A GC, incorporating breakthrough Capillary Flow Technology.

2007

Agilent provides breakthrough technology for scientists studying the burgeoningarea of microRNA.

 
2007

Agilent Acquires Stratagene Corp, a developer of life science research products.

 
2007 Agilent ships 1,000 rapid resolution liquid chromatography system
 
2007 Agilent Acquires Velocity 11, a leader in life science lab automation and robotics
 
2008 Agilent hosts China anti-doping agency officials in preparation of the Beijing Games
 
2008 Agilent introduces triple quadrupole gas chromatography/mass spectrometer
 
2008 Agilent introduces the highest sensitivity accurate-mass Time-of-Flight LC/MS system
 
2008 Agilent’s microarrays selected by Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium for landmark human genome copy number variation study.
 
2008 Ships 10,000th 5975 Series Gas Chromatography/Mass Spec
 
2009 Agilent introduces target enrichment platform that removes major bottleneck from next-generation sequencing
 
2009 Introduces next generation microarray, quadrupling probe density
2009 Agilent introduces the Infinity 1290 LC, the most power, most sensitive Liquid Chromatography system available
 
2009 Launches next generation ICP-MS, offering unmatched data integrity
 
2010 Agilent and the National Center for Food Safety collaborate to develop new food testing methods
 
2010 Agilent Microarray platform manufacturing achieves ISO 13485 compliance
 
2010 Agilent completes the acquisition of Varian, Inc., marking historic milestone for two Silicon Valley pioneers
 
2010 Introduces Triple Quadruople LC/MS system, delivering a tenfold sensitivity increase
 
2010 Agilent launches the 1200 Infinity liquid chromatography series
 
2010 Agilent teams with Mississippi State University to test Gulf seafood for oil contamination

 

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