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Agilent Acquires Chromatography Firm Aurora

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies today announced it has purchased supercritical fluid chromatography company Aurora SFC Systems for an undisclosed amount.

Agilent has acquired Aurora's product line and its IP as part of the deal.

Agilent and Aurora have been partners for the past two years, Agilent said, and Aurora's A5 platform is embedded in Agilent's SFC and Hybrid SFC/UHPLC systems. It is also sold as an upgrade option to Agilent's 1100, 1200, and 1260 Series liquid chromatography systems. As a result of the purchase, Agilent now can offer the products as fully integrated, single vendor SFC solutions, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm said.

SFC is used for different applications such as separation of chiral compounds, detection of impurities in pharmaceutical samples, determination of additives and migration products in consumer goods and food packaging or in American Society for Testing and Materials methods, Agilent said. The technology is a generic, cost-effective alternative to HPLC and provides faster results with better resolution, it added.

Privately held Aurora, was founded in 2007 and is based in Redwood City, Calif.

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