Agilent Technologies Signs Exclusive Supply Agreement to Provide Components for LipoScience's Vantera Clinical Analyzer
First NMR Analyzer Designed Specifically for the Clinical Laboratory
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 7, 2012
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive supply agreement with LipoScience Inc. to provide nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) components for LipoScience's Vantera Clinical Analyzer. The analyzer is the first fully-automated NMR diagnostic platform designed specifically for the clinical laboratory and cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Vantera Clinical Analyzer combines proprietary signal-processing algorithms and NMR spectroscopic detection to identify and quantify concentrations of lipoproteins and, potentially, small-molecule metabolites.
"We are extraordinarily pleased to join forces with LipoScience to provide key components for this leading-edge diagnostic platform," said Nick Roelofs, president of Agilent's Life Sciences Group.
"LipoScience is pioneering a new field of personalized diagnostics based on NMR technology. Broadening access to our proprietary diagnostic tests is central to our vision of becoming a clinical standard of care. We value Agilent's NMR expertise and look forward to partnering with them in our efforts to decentralize our NMR clinical analyzer to leading clinical laboratories and academic centers of excellence," added Richard O. Brajer, chief executive officer of LipoScience.
About Agilent NMR Spectroscopy Technology
Agilent offers a complete line of NMR and spectroscopy products for research and industrial applications. NMR is a technique utilized by scientific researchers for structure identification or verification and to obtain dynamic information. In 2010, Agilent entered the NMR business with the acquisition of Varian, maker of the world's first NMR instrument, the Varian A-60, in 1961. For more information visit www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/lsca/background/2011/bg_nmr.pdf.
LipoScience, Inc. is pioneering a new field of personalized diagnostics based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology. Its first proprietary diagnostic test, the NMR LipoProfile(r) test, measures the number of low-density lipoprotein particles (LDL-P) in a blood sample and provides physicians and their patients with actionable information to personalize management of risk for heart disease. To date, over 8 million NMR LipoProfile tests have been ordered. LipoScience's automated clinical analyzer, Vantera has recently been cleared by the FDA and will be placed with national and regional clinical laboratories. LipoScience is driving toward a clinical standard of care by decentralizing its technology and expanding its menu of personalized diagnostic tests to address a broad range of metabolic and other diseases. For further information on LipoScience, visit www.liposcience.com and www.theparticletest.com.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal 2011. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com
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