Varian, Inc.

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Varian Inc.
TypePublic (NASDAQ: VARI)
IndustryScientific instruments
FateAcquired by Agilent Technologies
HeadquartersPalo Alto, California
Key people
Allen J. Lauer, Chairman
Garry Rogerson, President & CEO
ProductsScientific instruments
Number of employees

Varian, Inc. was one of the largest manufacturers of scientific instruments for the scientific industry.[1] They had offerings over a broad range of chemical analysis equipment, with a particular focus on Information Rich Detection[clarification needed] and Vacuum technology. Varian was spun off from Varian Associates in 1999 and was purchased by Agilent Technologies in May 2010 for $1.5 billion, or $52 per share.[2]

Varian Inc. had its corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California, and offices in Australia, the Benelux countries, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Manufacturing plants[edit]

Varian Inc. contained the following manufacturing plants:

  • Lake Forest, California USA
  • Palo Alto, California USA
  • Walnut Creek, California USA
  • Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
  • Cary, North Carolina, USA
  • Mulgrave, Victoria Australia (the largest Varian Inc manufacturing and R&D plant)
  • Middelburg, Netherlands
  • Grenoble, France
  • Yarnton, United Kingdom
  • Church Stretton, Shropshire, United Kingdom (polymer laboratories)
  • Turin, Italy

Products and services[edit]

A 900MHz NMR instrument

Chromatography, including gas chromatography, GC/MS, high performance liquid chromatography, and LC/MS.
Spectroscopy, including UV-Vis, CD, near infrared, and FT-IR
Inductively coupled plasma, including mass spectroscopic and atomic emission spectroscopic detection.
mass spectrometry, including FTMS
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Linear accelerator
Magnetic resonance imaging
X-ray Crystallography
Information rich detection
Drugs of Abuse Testing
Dissolution Testing
Vacuum Pumps
Leak Detection
Turbo Pumping Systems
Vacuum Measurement
Valves and components


In October 1967, Techtron Pty Ltd merged with Varian Associates. Techtron is a manufacturer of Atomic Absorption Spectrometers and Spectral lamps.

In 1982 Varian transferred the Cary UV-Visible product line to Australia.

In 1997 Varian bought Chemagnetics, a Colorado-based manufacturer of solid-state NMR spectrometers.[3]

In 2002 Varian bought Ansys Technologies, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of In-Vitro Medical Devices.

In 2004 Varian Inc bought Magnex Scientific, an Oxford-based manufacturer of high-field magnets.

In 2005 Varian bought Polymer Laboratories, a speciality polymer analysis and manufacturing company.

In 2006 Varian bought Ion Spec, an FTMS (Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry) manufacturing company.

In 2007, Varian, Inc. bought Analogix, Inc., a company specializing in flash chromatography.

In 2008, Varian bought Oxford Diffraction, a British company specializing in X-ray diffraction equipment.

On 27 July 2009 Agilent Technologies announced it would buy Varian Inc, for $1.5 Billion.

On 14 October 2014 Agilent made the strategic decision to close its NMR business. Agilent entered the NMR business in 2010, with the acquisition of Varian.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bulletin, Laboratory News from Lab. "Agilent Technologies to Acquire Varian, Inc. for $1.5 Billion - Laboratory News from Lab Bulletin". Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  2. ^ ""Agilent reaches deal to buy Varian for $1.5 billion" (Press release)". Reuters. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  3. ^ "Business: Varian buys Chemagnetics". Analytical Chemistry. 69 (15): 455A. 1 August 1997. doi:10.1021/ac9717144. Retrieved 22 January 2021.

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