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Millipore Corporation (MIL) Expands Cell Biology Offering With $22.6 Million Acquisition of Guava Technologies, Inc.


2/2/2009 7:17:26 AM

BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Millipore Corporation (NYSE: MIL - News), a leading provider of technologies, tools and services for the global life science industry, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Guava Technologies (Guava), a provider of easy-to-use, bench top cell analysis systems. The acquisition follows the distribution and co-development partnership the two companies announced in March 2008.

Under the terms of the agreement, Millipore will pay $22.6 million, subject to closing adjustments, to acquire Guava. Guava generated approximately $22 million in sales during 2008. The transaction is expected to be slightly accretive to Millipore’s non-GAAP earnings per share during 2009 and is expected to close in the next two weeks.

“The acquisition of Guava represents another step forward in the transformation of our Bioscience Division,” said Martin Madaus, Chairman & CEO of Millipore. “Over the past three years, Millipore has become a life science leader with the product breadth and expertise to create platform solutions that enable our customers to work more efficiently. With the Guava acquisition, we will bring the power of our flow cytometry platform to all cell biologists by combining Guava’s instruments with our broad range of fully-validated reagent kits.”

Flow cytometry is a powerful research technique used by scientists to measure changes in protein expression in individual cells. Today, many of these experiments are conducted in centralized, or core, laboratories. Millipore and Guava are integrating instrumentation, reagent kits, validated protocols, and technical support to bring the advantages of flow cytometry to the bench tops of cell biologists. As a result, researchers who are growing or monitoring cells can benefit from this powerful analytical platform by conducting cell analysis at the bench rather than running routine assays at a core laboratory.

“Our vision is to make flow cytometry less expensive, easier to use, and more accessible for all research scientists,” said Jonathan DiVincenzo, President of Millipore’s Bioscience Division. “Additionally, by developing kits that are optimized for key research areas such as stem cell research, cancer biology, cell health, and biomarker discovery, scientists will no longer need to source reagents and develop their own assays. We exceeded our targets for placing Guava instruments in 2008 and we are excited about further increasing the adoption of our flow cytometry platform by accelerating our investments in R&D, sales and marketing.”

Based in Hayward, California, Guava developed the industry’s first commercial microcapillary flow cytometry system, which enables scientists to conduct flow cytometry using a small, bench top instrument. Micro-capillary flow cytometers accommodate smaller sample volumes, generate less waste, have lower operating costs, and are easier to set up and run than traditional flow cytometry instrumentation.

Guava has a significant installed base of customers in the academic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets. Guava’s technology may also be used to develop new products for the Process Monitoring Tools segment of Millipore’s Bioprocess Division. The Company expects to maintain Guava’s manufacturing and commercial operations in Hayward, California.

About Millipore

Millipore (NYSE: MIL - News) is a Life Science leader providing cutting-edge technologies, tools, and services for bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. As a strategic partner, we collaborate with customers to confront the world’s challenging human health issues. From research to development to production, our scientific expertise and innovative solutions help customers tackle their most complex problems and achieve their goals. Millipore Corporation is an S&P 500 company with more than 6,000 employees in 47 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.millipore.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

The matters discussed herein, as well as in future oral and written statements by management of Millipore Corporation that are forward-looking statements, are based on current management expectations that involve substantial risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements.

Potential risks and uncertainties that could affect Millipore's future operating results include, without limitation, the inability to successfully integrate Guava Technologies or other acquired businesses; failure to achieve the synergies and sales expectations relating to the acquisition of Guava Technologies; failure to achieve design wins into our pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers’ manufacturing design phase for a particular drug; delay, suspension or termination of a customer’s volume production; lack of availability of raw materials or component products on a timely basis; regulatory delay in the approval of new therapeutics; limitations on cash flow for operations and investment due to increased debt service obligations; the inability to establish and maintain necessary product and process quality levels; reduced demand for cell culture products using bovine serum; the inability to realize the expected benefits of development, marketing, licensing and other alliances; competitive factors such as new membrane or chromatography technology; the inability to achieve anticipated cost benefits of our supply chain initiative; risks relating to our concentration of principal manufacturing operations; the inability to utilize technology in current or planned products due to overriding rights by third parties; potential environmental liabilities; conditions in the economy in general and in the bioscience and bioprocess markets in particular; foreign exchange fluctuations; reduced private and government research funding; exposure to product liability claims; and difficulties inherent in transferring or outsourcing of manufacturing operations. Please refer to our filings with the SEC, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, for more information on these and other risks that could cause actual results to differ.

Contact:

Millipore For Media: Karen Marinella Hall, 978-715-1567 Director, Corporate Communications karen_hall@millipore.com or For Investors: Joshua Young, 978-715-1527 Director, Investor Relations joshua_young@millipore.com


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