The Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis division of Agilent Technologies led the company's four business segments with 13-percent growth in total revenues for the quarter ending Jan. 31, the company reported this week, as Ned Barnholt, who has led the company since it spun off Hewlett-Packard in 1999, prepared to hand the reins over to William Sullivan.

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