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VWR International, Inc. Acquires OmniLab Biosystems AG

10/2/2008 6:29:21 AM

WEST CHESTER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VWR International, LLC, a leading global laboratory supply company, announced today that it has acquired OMNILAB AG, a Swiss scientific laboratory supply distributor headquartered in Mettmenstetten near Zurich.

OMNILAB was founded in 1990 and is one of Switzerland’s largest independent suppliers of laboratory equipment and consumables. OMNILAB is recognized for its product-technical and service-oriented approach to its customers. It is a very well represented name in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and industrial scientific market segments, servicing both customers in the public and private sectors. OMNILAB’s core business of supplying instrumentation, consumables and services complements VWR’s local expertise in chemicals, consumables and life science products.

Manuel Brocke-Benz, VWR Senior Vice President and Managing Director of European Operations, said, “OMNILAB has the portfolio of products and customer focused services to support VWR’s further growth in Western Europe; this acquisition delivers benefits to both our customers and suppliers by providing an expanded range of products and services to the scientific community in Switzerland.”

About VWR International, LLC

VWR International is a leading global laboratory supply company with worldwide sales of $3.5 billion US dollars. VWR International's business is highly diversified across products and services, geographic regions and customer segments. The company offers products from a wide range of manufacturers to a large number of customers primarily in North America, Europe and Asia. VWR International's principal customers are major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial and government organizations as well as universities and schools. VWR International distributes a diversified product mix, including chemicals, glassware and plasticware, equipment and instruments, furniture, protective apparel, production and safety products, and other life science and laboratory products and supplies. VWR International supports its customers by providing storeroom management, product procurement, supply chain systems integration, technical services, and laboratory bench top delivery. VWR International maintains operations in over 20 countries and employs over 6,500 people worldwide. VWR International is headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

For more information on VWR International, phone 1-800-932-5000, visit, or write, VWR International, 1310 Goshen Parkway, P.O. Box 2656, West Chester, PA 19380-0906.

VWR and design are registered trademarks of VWR International, LLC


VWR International, LLC Ted Pulkownik SVP Strategy & Corporate Development 610-429-2791

Source: VWR International, LLC

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