Polymer Laboratories has acquired the assets and products of Precision Detectors

Palo Alto, Calif., April — Polymer Laboratories, now a part of Varian, Inc. (Nasdaq: VARI) today announced that it has acquired the assets and products of Precision Detectors, Inc., a privately owned company based in Bellingham, Massachusetts. Precision Detectors specializes in the manufacture of state-of-the-art chromatography detectors and software for use with HPLC, GPC and SEC systems. These advanced detectors characterize proteins, polymers, macromolecules and nanoparticles using cutting-edge laser based techniques that probe the interaction of light with matter. “Polymer Laboratories have used light scattering detectors from Precision Detectors for many years in their GPC instruments”, says Martin O’Donoghue, Senior Vice President, Scientific Instruments, Varian, Inc. “Acquisition of the assets of the Precision Detectors consolidates these long standing links and allows the company to more effectively distribute its products by taking advantage of Varian’s worldwide distribution and support network.” Laser light scattering measures the molecular weight and molecular size averages of large molecules in solution. These detectors are ideal tools for research, quality control and process monitoring in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, plastics and food industries. “Precision Detectors has an excellent pedigree in innovative light scattering detection”, says Trevor Harvard, President of Precision Detectors. “Being part of the Varian family will allow us to build on this heritage and expand the range of products and services we can offer to our customers.” This acquisition is part of Varian, Inc.’s strategy to strengthen the company’s product portfolio, especially in the area of laboratory consumables, with internal research and development and strategic acquisition of complementary products and technologies. About Varian, Inc. Varian, Inc. is a leading worldwide supplier of scientific instruments and vacuum technologies for life science and industrial applications. The company provides complete solutions, including instruments, vacuum components, laboratory consumable supplies, software, training and support through its global distribution and support systems. Varian, Inc. employs approximately 3,900 people and operates manufacturing facilities in 13 locations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Varian, Inc. had fiscal year 2007 sales of $921 million, and its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol, “VARI.” Further information is available on the company’s Web site: http://www.varianinc.com.

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