Agilent Technologies, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the business assets of Ultra Scientific, a leading provider of chemical standards and certified reference materials based in North Kingstown, RI, with a distribution centre in Wesel, Germany.

Ultra Scientific serves laboratory professionals in key end markets including environmental, food, forensics, pharmaceutical, chemical and energy, and academia and government. Agilent is one of Ultra Scientific’s largest customers.

Mark Doak, President of Agilent’s CrossLab Group, said, “We identified chemical standards as a key expansion area that is essential to Agilent’s goal of being a complete workflow solutions provider.”

 “Chemical standards are critical to customers’ analytical laboratory workflows and used to help customers qualify the performance of their methods to validate and quantitate their results,” he continued.

Founded in 1976, Ultra Scientific manufactures and supplies an extensive catalogue of certified reference materials, organic and inorganic standards, calibration standards, IQ/OQ/PQ and quality control check standards and has rapid turn capability to meet custom solution needs.

”Ultra Scientific and Agilent are long-time strategic partners,” said Steve Cohan, Vice-President and General Manager of Agilent’s Supplies Division. “Ultra Scientific is a unique and high-quality chemical standards company. This acquisition provides immediate core capabilities, bringing critical manufacturing and industry expertise in-house for the first time.”

William R. Russo, Ph.D., Founder and Vice-President of Ultra Scientific, said, “For the past forty years Ultra Scientific has been a leading supplier of analytical reference material to industry, academia, and research laboratories.”

He continued, “Ultra’s customers have come to rely on our high quality and our expert delivery system. Today, Ultra is happy to announce that we are becoming part of Agilent Technologies, so that we may continue to supply all the requirements of the analytical field.”

John E. Russo, President of Ultra Scientific, said, “We have been working with Agilent to produce their instrument standards for more than 25 years, and I believe it is a perfect fit for our company.”

“Ultra has grown throughout the decades with Agilent and we look forward to the future opportunities we will have to accelerate growth together,” Russo added.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.