Agilent Technologies renewed its supply arrangement for microfluidics chips from Caliper Life Sciences. Caliper will continue to be the exclusive supplier of chips used in Agilent's Bioanalyzer 2100 platform for the next seven years.
“Agilent's success with the Bioanalyzer over the past decade affirms the importance of Caliper's microfluidics technologies to life sciences,” notes Kevin Hrusovsky, president and CEO of Caliper.
“Agilent represents our largest OEM customer and accounted for over 15% of our total microfluidics business in 2009.
“We expect our microfluidics business to grow 10–15% in 2010, and the renewal of this relationship with its improved economics is a vital element of our strategy for sustainable double-digit growth in our microfluidics franchise over the long term,” Hrusovsky continues. “We believe that our microfluidics technologies will continue growing as a critical tool for sample analysis as well as for sample preparation, particularly as sequencing and gene-expression workflows become fundamental to the realization of personalized medicine.”
Since its introduction in 1999, Agilent has reportedly sold over 7,000 Bioanalyzer 2100 instruments worldwide. Caliper says that it has supplied approximately 5 million chips for use on these instruments. The company owns or exclusively licenses a portfolio of over 400 issued U.S. patents in the field of microfluidics.