Salt Lake City, Utah-based Nelson Labs provides microbiology testing services for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and tissue industries and employs 570 individuals, including 300 scientists and 60 registered specialist microbiologists.
“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. We will continue to explore additional expansion opportunities for our lab services to meet our customers’ growing needs,” Sterigenics CEO Michael Mulhern said in prepared remarks.
Nelson Labs operates 85 labs out of 5 corporate buildings at its headquarters and works with more than 3,000 client companies across 57 countries, according to Sterigenics, providing more than 400 microbiological and analytical tests.
“We are incredibly impressed with Nelson Labs’ leadership, culture, customer oriented service and commitment to quality. We believe that the fit is perfect with Sterigenics and look forward to working together on our shared mission of improving global public health,” Mulhern said in a press release.
Nelson Labs operations will remain in Salt Lake City, Sterigenics said, where it will be combined with Sterigenics SteriPro Labs microbiological and analytical testing and consultancy biz. Both businesses will operate under the Nelson Labs brand name and operate as a standalone biz within Sterigenics.
“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 sterilization and sterility assurance serving the same markets as Nelson Labs. This is an excellent cultural fit, and I’m excited about the opportunities this will bring for our teams and our customers throughout the world,” newly named Nelson Labs prez Jeffery Nelson said in a prepared statement.
Last August, Sterigenics said it purchased Brazilian sterilization firm Companhia Brasileira de Esterilização. The Latin American company is the largest sterilization and microbial load reduction firm in the region and the first to use gamma sterilization in Brazil, according to Sterigenics.
The acquisition comes on top of the 2014 purchase of Cobalt-60 provider Nordion, as well as Florida-based FTSI and Italy’s Gammarad, Sterigenics said.