MilliporeSigma, the life science business of Merck, has announced that it has acquired food safety testing specialist BioControl Systems.
The acquisition will create new opportunities for growth for MilliporeSigma in the food and beverage sector, particularly in the US. The deal is in line with the company’s strategy to expand in key markets, and provide a ‘differentiated experience’ to its customers in food and beverage safety testing.
The acquisition will allow MilliporeSigma to offer a complete food pathogen testing platform to its customers in the food and beverage safety testing market.
Financial details of the transaction were not made public.
MilliporeSigma CEO Udit Batra said: “BioControl’s acquisition strengthens our ability to help customers protect the global food supply by providing an expansive portfolio of state-of-the-art testing technology. BioControl’s innovative assays and validated kits, when combined with MilliporeSigma’s strengths in microbiology, filtration and e-commerce, will create a strong global provider aimed at solving tough challenges in the food pathogen testing space.”
Udit Batra said the acquisition would enable its customers to ‘protect the global food supply’.
BioControl’s product portfolio includes pathogen detection kits, which can identify bacteria such as salmonella, listeria, E.coli and campylobacter responsible for cases of food poisoning.
“MilliporeSigma is the best home for Biocontrol, our customers and our employees,” said Phil Feldsine, president and chief executive of BioControl. “MilliporeSigma’s global market presence as a leader in laboratory sciences will introduce BioControl’s innovative, customer-oriented solutions to a much broader base worldwide while providing existing customers with access to MilliporeSigma’s food safety product portfolio and expertise.
“The opportunity for BioControl to become part of a world class 350-year-old organisation with a reputation for doing it the right way is very rewarding.”
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