LGC acquires Bio Senate


Adds microbiology proficiency testing schemes to portfolio

LGC has acquired the business and assets of Bio Senate, a supplier of microbiology proficiency testing and reference materials based in Bury, UK. The business will be merged with LGC Standards, a division of LGC Group that provides products and services to improve measurement and quality control within the laboratory.

Bio Senate supplies microbiology proficiency testing schemes focused on the food, water and pharmaceutical segments, as well as microbiology reference materials, sterile matrix materials and quality control strains to more than 700 laboratories worldwide. It will complement LGC Standards’ proficiency testing business, which provides more than 1,500 tests each year to laboratories in over 140 countries worldwide.

There is considerable overlap in the two sets of schemes

Participants in the schemes currently offered by Bio Senate will be able to migrate to comparable schemes offered by LGC Standards, reflecting the considerable overlap in the two sets of schemes. Bio Senate’s reference/quality control materials will now be available, along with LGC Standards proficiency testing schemes, through LGC Standards’ global network of sales offices.

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Euan O’Sullivan, MD of LGC Standards, said: ‘This acquisition further strengthens LGC Standards’ position as a global leader in the provision of proficiency testing schemes.’