Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) provides core bio-chemical and electronic measurement solutions.
Agilent when created in 1999 as the instruments business spun off from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). The company is best known for its gas chromatography (gc or vpc) and high pressure liquid chromatography (hplc) instrumentation used to measure trace amounts of chemicals, especially organic chemicals. The company is also known for digital acquisition technology which processes and stores test results electronically. The instrumentation is commonly used in chemical labs and in industrial labs where ever trace organics are monitored. Agilent identifies them as food, forensics, environmental, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and research.
In 2010, Agilent acquired the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) business of Varian, a pioneer in microwave technology and superconducting magnets. Agilent acquired Varian but for antitrust reasons sold off the competing chromatography business to Bruker. Bruker announced in 2014 that it would shutter or divest stand-alone gas chromatography, GC/single-quadrupole mass spectrometry, and inductively coupled plasma/MS systems. Later in 2014, Agilent announced plans to discontinue its NMR business. That leaves Bruker and JEOL Resonance as the only suppliers of NMR instrumentation.
NMR is used to determine the structure of organic chemicals. MRI imaging technology is a related in that it evolved from the same science and also uses super conducting magnets.
In 2014, Agilent undertook the spin off of its electronic measurement businesses under the name Keysight Technologies.
In 2015, Agilent sold its x-ray diffraction business to Rigaku, a Tokyo based instrument company. X-ray diffraction had been included in the businesses acquired from Varian.