Agilent acquires AI technology to enhance lab productivity

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

February 18, 2022 -- Agilent Technologies has acquired advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by Virtual Control, an AI and machine-learning software developer that creates innovative analysis solutions in lab testing. Agilent will integrate the software, known as ACIES, into its gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GS/MS) platforms to improve the productivity, efficiency, and accuracy of high-throughput labs the company serves around the world.

With the acquisition, Agilent obtained the software and other assets associated with ACIES. In addition, core members of the ACIES team also became Agilent employees.

ACIES automates the labor-intensive task of GC/MS data analysis, improving efficiency in the laboratory workflow from sampling to reporting. Agilent will integrate the technology into its MassHunter software package for liquid chromatography/MS and GC/MS instruments.

The acquisition is Agilent's latest investment in digital technology to improve lab productivity. It builds on the company's existing investments and innovations to advance the analytical lab and transform its capabilities with new technology, better integration of instruments and data, and more efficient lab workflow.

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