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Hygiena to acquire food safety diagnostics business from DuPont
DuPont Nutrition & Health and Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specialises in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, announced today that Hygiena is to acquire DuPont's global food safety diagnostics business.
The acquisition includes all of DuPont Diagnostics business assets, including the BAX and RiboPrinter Systems and associated test kits; a global and technically trained sales, R&D and manufacturing organisation, and in-house production capacity.
The business was formed by DuPont in 1992 as Qualicon, and Hygiena will retain the Qualicon name.
DuPont Diagnostics provides innovative, science-based microbial detection and monitoring products that identify and characterise pathogens and other unwelcome organisms in food ingredients, finished products and production environments. Shortly after the formation of the business, DuPont pioneered Nobel-prize-winning PCR technology in commercial food safety testing with the BAX System for pathogen detection.
Today, the BAX System has been adopted as the leading detection method by food manufacturers, food quality laboratories and governments around the world.
Hygiena plans to invest behind new product development to continue the DuPont Diagnostics history of market-leading innovation.
"The combination of DuPont Diagnostics and Hygiena will create a broad food safety diagnostics company that can better serve our customers," said Steve Nason, chief executive officer of Hygiena. "The combined companies' microbiology products will cover the full manufacturing process, from in-process environmental tests to finished product tests. In addition, the combination increases our customer service presence in the United States and internationally, which will allow us to further enhance our research and development efforts and support to our combined customer base."
Matthias Heinzel, president, DuPont Nutrition & Health, added: "This transaction is a strategic business decision that will allow DuPont Nutrition & Health to focus on growth opportunities that are more closely aligned with our core portfolio of specialty food ingredients.
"We believe that the Diagnostics business is an excellent strategic fit with Hygiena. Together they will be better able to offer greater opportunities for growth and investment in innovative solutions for the global pathogen testing industry."
Hygiena is a microbiology and life science company that serves industrial food processors, healthcare institutions, life science researchers and other industries. Hygiena manufactures and sells a broad range of rapid hygiene monitoring systems, environmental collection systems and rapid dilution devices, including its market leading ATP (adenosine triphosphate) testing system. It is headquartered in Calfornia, US, with satellite offices in the UK and China and with over 100 distributors in 80 countries worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe.
15th December 2016