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VARIAN, INC. ACQUIRES THE ASSETS & PRODUCTS OF PRECISION DETECTORS, INC.

Palo Alto, Calif., 13 May, 2008 / On 2 April, 2008, Varian, Inc. (Nasdaq: VARI) acquired the assets and products of Precision Detectors, Inc., a privately owned company based in Bellingham, Massachusetts.

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Palo Alto, Calif., 13 May, 2008 / On 2 April, 2008, Varian, Inc. (Nasdaq: VARI) 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 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, now a part of Varian, Inc., has used light scattering detectors from Precision Detectors for many years in its GPC instruments. The acquisition of the Precision Detectors' product line consolidates these long standing links and provides a mechanism to more effectively distribute its products through Varian's worldwide distribution and support network. Significantly, the acquisition brings new technologies in the fields of protein analysis and characterization to drive new product development.
 
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 Havard, 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 liquid chromatography and information gathering tools, with internal research and development and strategic acquisition of complementary products and technologies.