Merck acquires BioControl to strengthen position in food safety testing


The acquisition enables Merck to offer customers complete workflow solutions for food pathogen testing

Life science and technology company, Merck has acquired BioControl Systems Inc., a global specialist in food safety testing. The acquisition opens growth opportunities for Merck in the food and beverage space; particularly in the US.

Confidentiality has been agreed on the financial details of the transaction.

BioControl, based in Bellevue, WA, US, offers a diverse third party-validated product portfolio lines, which include industrial microbiology testing, rapid detection methods for food-borne pathogens, the quantitative measurement of microorganisms and hygiene monitoring.

BioControl’s rapid detection technology and third party-validated testing platforms complement Merck’s portfolio of instruments and consumables fort food pathogen testing.

Udit Batra, Member of the Merck Executive Board and CEO, Life Science business, said: “BioControl’s innovative assays and validated kits, when combined with Merck’s strengths in microbiology, filtration and e-commerce will create a strong global provider aimed at solving tough challenges in the food pathogen testing space”.

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Phil Feldsine, President and Chief Executive of BioControl added: "Merck’s global market presence as a leader in laboratory sciences will introduce BioControl’s innovative, customer oriented solutions to a much broader base worldwide while providing existing customers with access to Merck’s food safety product portfolio and expertise.”