Agilent is the world’s leading measurement company, providing measurement solutions for the chemical industry, life sciences and electronics manufacturing.
With a turnover of over $7bn and 20,000 employees, Agilent were formed in 1999 when technology company Hewlett Packard split their business. All parts of the business not involved in IT and computer hardware become part of the newly formed Agilent business. Therefore Agilent has roots back to 1939 when the founders of Hewlett Packard created a scientific measurement company.
Based in Santa Clara, California, Agilent provides support in over 100 countries globally and has been acknowledged as a leading authority in research and development in scientific measurement.
Agilent offer four main product lines: chemical analyses, life sciences, diagnostics and genomics and electronics manufacturing. Research and development by Agilent has seen the creation and distribution of scientific equipment including oscilloscopes and automated X-ray devices as well as electronics equipment such as PCB circuit testers.
Also offered in life science and chemical analysis product ranges are DNA microarrays, liquid and gas chromatographs, mass spectrometers, molecular and atomic spectroscopy products.
In addition to measurement hardware, Agilent has developed comprehensive chemical databases. In January 2009 it announced the availability of a pesticide database covering 1600 compounds, with detailed information on each. It also announced the release of similar databases for toxicology studies.