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Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Traded as
  • Healthcare equipment and services
Founded 1999 (spun off from HP)
Founder Bill Hewlett, David Packard (from HP)
Headquarters Santa Clara, California,
United States
Area served
Key people
Products Instruments, software, services and consumables for laboratory use
Revenue US$4.0 billion (2014)
Number of employees
12,000 (2014)
  • Agilent CrossLab Group
  • Diagnostics & Genomics Group
  • Life Sciences & Applied Markets Group
Website .com.agilentwww

Agilent Technologies is an American public research, development and manufacturing company established in 1999 as a spin-off from Hewlett Packard. The resulting IPO of Agilent stock was the largest in the history of Silicon Valley at the time.[1][2]

The company provides analytical instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow.[3] Agilent focuses its products and services on six markets: food, environmental and forensics, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, chemical and energy, and research.


  • Operations 1
  • Products and services 2
  • History 3
    • 2000–2008 3.1
    • 2009 3.2
    • 2011 3.3
    • 2012 3.4
    • 2013 3.5
    • 2014 3.6
    • 2015 3.7
  • Corporate governance 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
    • Books 8.1
    • News items 8.2
  • External links 9


Based on 2003 information, Agilent maintained four locations in the San Francisco Bay area: San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park.[4] Santa Clara is an R&D site,[4] containing the Agilent Research Laboratories group. Based on 2006 information, Agilent maintained seven sites in China: an office in Beijing, and branches in Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Shenzhen and Xi'an.[5]

Products and services

Agilent serves analytical laboratories and the clinical and routine diagnostics markets with a full suite of TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS and SOLUTIONS. These include:[6]

Agilent also provides the LAB MANAGEMENT SERVICES and CHEMISTRIES AND SUPPLIES needed to operate and optimize the science and economics of the lab:[6]

For a complete listing of Agilent products and services, see products & services, Agilent CrossLab and solutions.


Agilent Technologies headquarters lobby in Santa Clara, California

Agilent Technologies was created in 1999 by the spin-off of Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) "Medical Products and Instrument Group",[7] including instrumentation and chemical analysis, electronic component and medical equipment product lines.[8][note 1] The split was predicated on the difficulty of growing HP's revenue stream and on the competitive vigor of smaller, more agile competitors.[9] The company's launch slogan was "Innovating the HP Way", which capitalized on the strong HP corporate culture.[9] The starburst logo was selected to reflect "a burst of insight" (or "spark of insight")[10] and the name "Agilent" aimed to invoke the notion of agility as a trait of the new firm.[9] The Agilent spin-off was accompanied by an initial public offering which raised US$2.1 billion, setting a record at the time.[1]


In the early 2000s, "economic uncertainty" depressed demand for Agilent's products,[11] including slow sales of health care products to hospitals in the United States, which accounted for 60% of the company's revenue at the time.[7] The downturn also struck sales in the communications and semiconductor markets, where orders amounting to Philips Medical Systems,[13] and was noted as having a valuation of about US$11 billion.[14] HP Medical Products had been the second oldest part of Hewlett-Packard, acquired in the 1950s.

In August 2005, Agilent announced the sale of its semiconductor business, which produced chips for a wide range of consumer and industrial uses, to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Silver Lake Partners for US$2.66 billion.[1] This move was part of a broad effort to concentrate "on the test-and-measurement business at its historic core," and would entail termination of about 1,300 of the company's 28,000 employees.[1] The group operated as a private company, Avago Technologies, until August 2009, when it was brought public in an IPO. It continues to operate under the same name as a publicly traded corporation.

Also in August 2005, Agilent sold its 47% stake in the light-emitting diode manufacturer Lumileds to Philips for US$1 billion.[1] Lumileds originally started as Hewlett-Packard's optoelectronics division.

Also in August 2005, Agilent announced a plan to divest its semiconductor test solutions business, composed of both the system-on-chip and memory test market areas.[1] Agilent listed the new company as Verigy, mid-2006 on NASDAQ.


In 2009, Agilent announced the closure of a subsection of its Test & Measurement division. The product lines affected included the automated optical inspection, solder paste inspection, and automated X-ray products [5DX]. In 2004 Agilent reported that it had captured 19% of the US$244 million (excluding Japan) global imaging inspection market.[15] On July 27, 2009, Agilent announced they would buy Varian, Inc., for US$1.5 billion. In November 2009, Agilent sold the N2X product line to IXIA. In February 2010 Agilent announced the selling of its Network Solutions Division to JDSU for US$162 million.


In 2011, the company along with the University of California, Davis, announced that it would be establishing the "Davis Millimeter Wave Research Center".[16]

Agilent announced it would increase its life sciences engagement through the acquisition of Halo Genomics, based in Uppsala, Sweden, which was involved in next-generation sequencing technology development.[17]


On May 17, 2012, Agilent agreed to buy Dako, a Danish cancer diagnostics company, for US$2.2 billion, to expand its presence in the life sciences industry.[18]


On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced its decision to separate into two publicly traded companies: Agilent life sciences, diagnostics, applied markets company, and an electronic measurement company.[19] The life sciences company will retain the Agilent name and the electronic measurement company will be called Keysight Technologies.[20]


On Oct. 14 the company announced that it is exiting its Nuclear Magnetic Resonance business.[21]

On Nov. 1 the formal separation of Agilent and Keysight Technologies was completed.[2] Agilent announced it has completed the spin-off of its electronic measurement business, Keysight Technologies. Keysight begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the symbol KEYS. The separation was implemented through a spinoff of Keysight’s common stock and is intended to be tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes. On Nov. 1, 2014, in a special dividend distribution of all outstanding shares of Keysight’s common stock, Agilent shareholders received one share of Keysight common stock for every two shares of Agilent common stock held as of close of business Oct. 22, 2014.


Agilent celebrates its 50th anniversary in the analytical instruments market. Hewlett-Packard Co., Agilent’s predecessor, acquired F&M Scientific Corp., maker of gas chromatographs, on Aug. 8, 1965. In September, the company announced it would acquire Seahorse Bioscience for $235 million.[22]

Corporate governance

Agilent's inaugural president and chief executive officer were Ned Barnholt,[9] and he retained this post at least through 2006.[13] Barnholt had originally joined Hewlett-Packard in 1966.[23]

In September 2014, William (Bill) Sullivan announced plans to retire as Agilent's CEO.[24] Mike McMullen, then president of the company's Chemical Analysis Group, was to succeed Sullivan as CEO.[24] As part of the succession plan announcement, McMullen was promoted to the roles of president and chief operating officer (COO).[24]

In 2015, McMullen was elected by Agilent's board of directors to the post of CEO, becoming Agilent's third CEO.[24][25]

See also


  1. ^ Year of establishment: at least one alternative source (Fordahl 2005) places the start year for Agilent as 2000.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Fordahl, Matthew (17 August 2005). "Agilent to sell chip unit for $2.66 billion, cut 1,300 jobs".  
  • ^ a b Arensman, Russ (1 October 2002). "Unfinished business: managing one of the biggest spin-offs in corporate history would be a challenge even in the best of times. But what Agilent's Ned Barnholt got was the worst of times.". Electronic Business (Reed Business Information) (28.10) – via  
  • ^ "Company Information". About Agilent. Agilent Technologies. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  • ^ a b Herman, Erik L. (2003). The San Francisco Bay Area Jobbank. Holbrook, Massachusetts: Adams Media. pp. 112–3.  
  • ^ China Foreign Enterprise Directory 2006 (2nd ed.). Hong Kong: China Economic Review Publishing. 2005. p. 303.  
  • ^ a b
  • ^ a b Staff (15 August 2000). "Agilent plans to shed 450 full-time workers". Marketplace. Santa Cruz Sentinel. p. 20. Retrieved 2015-07-28 – via  
  • ^ "Agilent Technologies: оборудование для измерений, тестирования и химического анализа" [Agilent Technologies: Equipment for measurement, testing and chemical analysis]. DM Lieferant. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  • ^ a b c d Belasen, Alan T. (2007). "The Power of Symbols: Creating Corporate Identity at Agilent Technologies (Case Study)". The Theory and Practice of Corporate Communication: A Competing Values Perspective. Los Angeles, Calefornia: SAGE. p. 54.  
  • ^ "'"HP names spin-off 'Agilent. Santa Cruz Sentinel. Associated Press. 29 July 1999. Retrieved 2015-07-28 – via  
  • ^ a b "Agilent Technologies slashes 4,000 more jobs". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Associated Press. 24 February 2003. Retrieved 2015-07-28 – via  
  • ^ a b  
  • ^ a b "Agilent spins off medical supply group to Royal Philips". Santa Cruz Sentinel (California). Associated Press. 18 November 2000. Retrieved 2015-07-28 – via  
  • ^  
  • ^ Agilent Trade News Nov 2004
  • ^ Mokhoff, Nicolas (3 August 2011). "Agilent and UC Davis form millimeter research center". EE Times (San Francisco, California). Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  • ^ "Agilent Acquires Two Life Science Companies" (Press release). Agilent Technologies. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 2015-07-28 – via Drug Discovery & Development. 
  • ^ Scott, Mark (17 May 2012). "Agilent to Buy Dako for $2.2 Billion". DealB%k.  
  • ^ "Agilent Technologies to Separate Into Two Industry-Leading Public Companies" (Press release). Agilent Technologies. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  • ^ "Agilent Technologies Reveals Name of Electronic Measurement Spin-Off Company" (Press release). Agilent Technologies. January 7, 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  • ^ "Agilent Technologies to Close Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Business" (Press release). Agilent Technologies. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  • ^
  • ^ "What they said about William Hewlett". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Associated Press. 13 January 2001. p. A9. Retrieved 2015-07-28 – via  
  • ^ a b c d "Agilent Technologies Announces CEO Transition: Mike McMullen to Succeed Bill Sullivan in March 2015" (Press release). Agilent Technologies. 17 September 2014. 
  • ^ "Mike McMullen". Company Information. Agilent Technologies. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  • Further reading


    • Leflar, James A. (2001). Practical TPM: Successful Equipment Management at Agilent Technologies. Portland, Oregon: Productivity Press.  

    News items

    • Frank, Steve (10 September 2000). "Playing the Net". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 2015-07-28 – via  

    External links

    • - Agilent Technologies official web site
    • "History Links: HP, Agilent, EDS, Compaq, Tandem...". Hewlett-Packard Alumni Association, Inc. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
    • "Patents assigned to Agilent". US Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
      • Business data for Agilent Technologies:
    • Hoover's
    • Reuters
    • SEC filings
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