14 Facts About Agilent


Agilent Technologies, Inc is an American life sciences company that provides instruments, software, services, and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow.

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Agilent was established in 1999 as a spin-off from Hewlett-Packard.

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The resulting IPO of Agilent stock was the largest in the history of Silicon Valley at the time.

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Agilent focuses its products and services on six markets: food, environmental and forensics, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, chemical and energy, and research.

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Agilent serves analytical laboratories and the clinical and routine diagnostics markets with a full suite of technology platforms.

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Agilent provides the lab management services including subscription based services, and lab supplies: enterprise asset management, laboratory business intelligence, equipment management and service, software maintenance, regulatory compliance, sample preparation, genomics and cloning, GC and HPLC columns, spectrometry and spectroscopy supplies, and general laboratory supplies.

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Agilent Technologies was created in 1999 by the spin-off of Hewlett-Packard's "Medical Products and Instrument Group", including instrumentation and chemical analysis, electronic components, and medical equipment product lines.

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The starburst logo was selected to reflect "a burst of insight" and the name "Agilent" aimed to invoke the notion of agility as a trait of the new firm.

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The Agilent spin-off was accompanied by an initial public offering which raised $2.

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In 2001, in midst of this downsizing, Agilent sold its health care and medical products organization to Philips Medical Systems, and was noted as having a valuation of about $11 billion.

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Also in August 2005, Agilent announced a plan to divest its semiconductor test business, composed of both the system-on-chip and memory test market areas.

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Agilent listed the new company as Verigy on NASDAQ in mid-2006.

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Agilent announced it would increase its life sciences engagement through the acquisition of Halo Genomics, based in Uppsala, Sweden, which was involved in next-generation sequencing technology development.

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Agilent announced it had completed the spin-off of its electronic measurement business, Keysight Technologies.

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