Merck acquires BioControl to strengthen position in food safety testing

Published: 11-Jan-2017

The acquisition enables Merck to offer customers complete workflow solutions for food pathogen testing

Life science and technology company, Merck has acquired BioControl Systems Inc., a global specialist in food safety testing. The acquisition opens growth opportunities for Merck in the food and beverage space; particularly in the US.

Confidentiality has been agreed on the financial details of the transaction.

BioControl, based in Bellevue, WA, US, offers a diverse third party-validated product portfolio lines, which include industrial microbiology testing, rapid detection methods for food-borne pathogens, the quantitative measurement of microorganisms and hygiene monitoring.

BioControl’s rapid detection technology and third party-validated testing platforms complement Merck’s portfolio of instruments and consumables fort food pathogen testing.

Udit Batra, Member of the Merck Executive Board and CEO, Life Science business, said: “BioControl’s innovative assays and validated kits, when combined with Merck’s strengths in microbiology, filtration and e-commerce will create a strong global provider aimed at solving tough challenges in the food pathogen testing space”.

Phil Feldsine, President and Chief Executive of BioControl added: "Merck’s global market presence as a leader in laboratory sciences will introduce BioControl’s innovative, customer oriented solutions to a much broader base worldwide while providing existing customers with access to Merck’s food safety product portfolio and expertise.”

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