Agilent opens spectroscopy site at Harwell Campus

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Agilent Technologies, a USA-headquarterd company which operates globally in life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets to provide laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise, has officially opened its new facility for spectroscopy research and development at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.

The new Agilent Harwell site will be a major research and development hub for laser spectroscopy. It will also incorporate Agilent’s Raman spectroscopy business, formerly known as Cobalt Light Systems (acquired by Agilent in 2017). With the integration of Cobalt, Agilent expands its global capabilities in spectroscopy and benefits from the strong business and academic partnerships that Cobalt brings with it.

Agilent is focusing investment in two main areas: research and development to enable customers to perform better science than they have ever done before, and harmonizing existing product lines to ensure optimal customer experience.

At the opening, key executives from Agilent discussed the future of the company’s spectroscopy division. Key partners then spoke about the importance of partnerships and collaborations within the life science industry. Such knowledge sharing is seen as vital to developing better, more reliable laboratory solutions. Agilent also welcomed key players from local institutions and businesses involved in technology, science, and medicine.

Harwell Campus is also where Agilent’s proprietary Raman technologies were originally developed by Prof. Pavel Matousek, and his colleagues at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and where Cobalt Light Systems was first established.

“I’m proud to see Agilent, and the Raman business we helped to establish, growing strongly and returning to Harwell,” said Prof. Pavel Matousek, a senior fellow at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Central Laser Facility. “The new Agilent facility is perfectly located for collaboration between Agilent’s spectroscopy businesses and the large number of scientists and engineers we have at Harwell. I very much look forward to our future joint endeavors.”

“The growth in Agilent’s molecular spectroscopy business created the need for a larger facility,” said Phil Binns, vice president, and general manager of Agilent’s Spectroscopy division. “Our new flagship site will enable us to develop a truly unified approach to vibrational spectroscopy. The location will also facilitate greater collaboration with internationally acclaimed academic and scientific thought leaders based at this premier UK hub of scientific innovation.”

Agilent UK has more than 480 employees across the UK in manufacturing, sales, and service. Agilent’s two manufacturing sites in Shropshire manufacture liquid chromatography columns, silica and polymeric particles, and magnetic beads for the pharmaceutical industry; as well as instruments for gel permeation chromatography. This investment in the UK strengthens Agilent’s role as a leader in molecular spectroscopy.