23-05-2012: Agilent Technologies Inc. and EQT, the Sweden-based private equity group, announced the execution of a definitive agreement for Agilent to acquire Dako, the Denmark-based cancer diagnostic company. The $2.2 billion acquisition (on a debt-free basis) is the largest in Agilent’s history.
“In the rapidly growing diagnostics market, Dako’s products and capabilities are a strategic complement to Agilent’s existing offerings,” said Bill Sullivan, Agilent president and chief executive officer. “Dako is one of the world’s leading providers of cancer diagnostics tools, and together we will be able to develop a wider range of products that help in the fight against cancer.”
“Agilent’s strategy in acquiring Dako is about strengthening the company’s presence in life science and about revenue growth,” said Sullivan. “Dako employs extremely talented people with specialized expertise that we highly value. Their knowledge and experience will be very important as we move forward together.”
Lars Holmkvist, CEO of Dako, said, “Our combined companies will have complementary strengths. Like Agilent, Dako has a long history as a leader in scientific advancement and a culture that values discovery and innovation. We believe that Agilent and Dako are a winning combination.”