Sterigenics buys Nelson Laboratories

Creating the largest integrated global sterilisation and lab services operation

Sterigenics International, a global provider of contract sterilisation, gamma technologies and medical isotopes, has acquired Nelson Laboratories, a US provider of life-cycle microbiology testing services for the medical devices, pharmaceutical and tissue industries.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nelson Labs employs 570 people, including more than 300 scientists and 60 microbiologists. With 85 labs in Salt Lake City, the firm works with more than 3,000 clients in 57 countries, providing more than 400 microbiological and analytical tests.

All Nelson Labs operations will remain in Salt Lake City and combined with Sterigenics’ microbiological and analytical testing and consultancy, SteriPro Labs.

This is a significant strategic acquisition to help build out Sterigenics’ lab testing and service capabilities on a global scale

In the future, the combined businesses will trade under the Nelson Labs brand name and operate as a standalone business unit within Sterigenics International. Jeffery Nelson will be President of Nelson Labs and with the Sterigenics contract sterilisation business, the deal will create the largest fully integrated global sterilisation and lab services firm in the world, the firms said.

'This is a significant strategic acquisition to help build out Sterigenics’ lab testing and service capabilities on a global scale, enabling us to better serve our multinational customers,' said Michael Mulhern, CEO of Sterigenics International. 'We will continue to explore additional expansion opportunities for our lab services to meet our customers’ growing needs.'

Nelson added: 'Sterigenics will be a great partner, and will provide the global access and ongoing investment necessary to ensure long-term growth of the lab services business.

'They are a global leader in contract sterilisation and sterility assurance serving the same markets as Nelson Labs. This is an excellent cultural fit, and I’m excited for the opportunities this will bring for our teams and our customers throughout the world.'

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