|Founded||1999 (from HP)|
|Founder||Bill Hewlett, David Packard (from HP)|
|Headquarters||Santa Clara, California,
|Mike McMullen 
(CEO) & (Director)
Number of employees
|Footnotes / references
Agilent Technologies, or Agilent, is an American company that designs and manufactures measurement instruments and equipment for life sciences, medical diagnostics, and chemistry applications.
Agilent's predecessor company was Hewlett-Packard (HP), founded in 1939 to make electronic test equipment. In 1999, HP spun-off their test and measurement division as Agilent. The resulting IPO of Agilent stock may have been the largest in the history of Silicon Valley at the time. In 2014, Agilent spun-off its electronics instruments division into Keysight Technologies.
Agilent maintains a central research and development group, Agilent Laboratories, that conducts the company's research in such areas as microelectromechanical systems, nanotechnology, and life sciences. This centralized group is based on the original Hewlett-Packard Lab's design and was formed by dividing the original HP Labs group into two when Agilent was carved out of HP in 1999.
Agilent's major product lines include:
- Life science and chemical analysis products such as DNA microarrays, liquid and gas chromatographs, mass spectrometers, molecular and atomic spectroscopy products, and refurbished equipment.
- Diagnostic & Genomic measurement products for immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, hematoxylin and eosin staining, special staining, DNA mutation detection, genotyping, gene copy number determination, identification of gene rearrangements, and DNA methylation and gene expression profiling, as well as automated gel electrophoresis-based sample analysis systems.
Agilent Technologies was created by the spin-off of HP's original product lines from their other businesses dealing primarily in computers and imaging. The company thus created by merging all of HP's non-computing products was in 1999 an $8 billion company with about 47,000 employees, manufacturing scientific instruments, semiconductors, optical networking devices, and electronic test equipment for telecom and wireless R&D and production.
In 2001, Agilent Technologies sold its health care and medical products organization to Philips Medical Systems. HP Medical Products had been the second oldest part of Hewlett-Packard, acquired in the 1950s. Only the original founding test and measurement organization was older.
In August 2005, Agilent Technologies announced the sale of its Semiconductor Products Group, which produced light-emitting diode, radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits, to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and Silver Lake Partners. 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. Agilent also sold its 47% stake in the light-emitting diode manufacturer Lumileds to Philips Electronics for just under $1 billion. 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. 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. 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.
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.
On May 17, 2012, Agilent Technologies agreed to buy Dako, a Danish cancer diagnostics company, for $2.2 billion, to expand its presence in life sciences industry.
On September 19, 2013, Agilent Technologies announced their decision to separate into two publicly traded companies; Agilent life sciences, diagnostics, applied markets company, and an electronic measurement company. The life sciences company will retain the Agilent name and the electronic measurement company will be called Keysight Technologies.
On October 14 the company announced that it is exiting its Nuclear Magnetic Resonance business.
On November 1 the formal separation of Agilent and Keysight Technologies was completed. Agilent Technologies Inc. announced it has completed the spinoff 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.
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