Agilent Technologies acquires Virtual Control to enhance artificial intelligence in chromatography

U.S – Agilent Technologies, an American analytical instrumentation development and manufacturing company, will enhance its chromatography and mass spectrometry platforms with artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by Virtual Control, an AI and machine learning software developer.

The AI technology dubbed ACIES, automates the labour-intensive task of gas chromatography (GC)/mass spectrometry (MS) data analysis improving efficiency in the laboratory workflow, from sampling to reporting.

With the acquired technology, Agilent is set to improve the productivity, efficiency and accuracy of high throughput of its labs across the globe.

“Our acquisition of this advanced technology is just one more example of Agilent’s focus on delivering the insights and innovation our customers can use to provide industry-leading solutions. We’re extremely pleased to be adding these additional capabilities to our product line-up,” said Jacob Thaysen, President of Agilent Life Sciences and Applied Markets Group.

The company will integrate the technology into its MassHunter software package for LC/MS and GC/MS instruments.

The Agilent MassHunter Workstation software provides intuitive, yet powerful, instrument control, data acquisition, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and reporting.

Designed from the ground up to make MS analyses easier from tuning to final report MassHunter Workstation software can be complemented by application-specific MassHunter software packages that provide even more power and stream-lined operation for specialized analytical tasks.

With the acquisition, Agilent obtained the software and other assets associated with ACIES. As part of the transaction, core members of the ACIES team also became Agilent employees.

A range of industries and applications will benefit from Agilent’s acquisition of the technology, including food testing and agriculture, environmental, and applied materials, with broad potential to expand to other large markets.

The acquisition is Agilent’s latest investment in digital technology to bolster lab productivity. It builds on the company’s existing investments and innovations to advance the analytical lab and transform its capabilities with new technology, better integration of instruments and data, and more efficient lab workflow.

Agilent Technologies Inc. is a global leader in the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets, delivering insight and innovation that advance the quality of life.

Its full range of solutions includes instruments, software, services, and expertise that provide trusted answers to their customers’ most challenging questions.

In the 2021 fiscal year, the company generated revenue of  about US$6.32 billion in fiscal 2021.

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