Intertek acquires Alta

The Oil, Chemical and Agri division of Intertek Group, a provider of quality and safety services to a wide range of industries, has acquired Alta Analytical Laboratories.

The Oil, Chemical and Agri division of Intertek Group, a provider of quality and safety services to a wide range of industries, has acquired Alta Analytical Laboratories.

Alta is a supplier of immunochemistry and LC/MS/MS bio-analytical services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in the US. Alta has labs in San Diego and near Sacramento, California with approximately 110 staff and counts major global pharmaceutical companies among its clients.

The acquisition will advance Intertek's strategic growth in supporting the global pharmaceutical and biotech industries through the provision of extensive method development capabilities and a comprehensive range of high-tech analytical testing services. Intertek's executive vice president, Mark Loughead, said: 'Alta's expertise will further expand our ability to respond to the needs of the pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical industry for outsourced r&d and testing support. It establishes a firm platform for further development for Intertek in the USA.'

Intertek already provides testing services to pharmaceutical clients from its laboratories in the UK.

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