Outsourcing Analytical Testing

Four founders agree to form Neolytica

ANN ARBOR, MI  March 12, 2002  If you're in the market for analytical testing and laboratory information management, you've got a healthy new contender to consider.

Four industry leaders announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement forming Neolytica, a Web-enabled, single point of contact for outsourcing and contracting analytical testing services.  Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Intertek Testing Services and Thermo LabSystems, a Thermo Electron business, entered into the joint venture to address growing demand for cost reduction through outsourcing analytical testing and laboratory information management. The operational launch date for Neolytica is planned for the first half of 2002.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

With nearly $10 billion in analytical services currently being outsourced and anticipated growth of more than 20 percent per year, Neolytica enters the $100 billion analytical services industry at a time when outsourcing options are heavily sought after. Initially targeting the chemical, consumer goods, industrial gases, petroleum and plastics industries, Neolytica is designed to create cost-saving efficiencies by enabling customers to better leverage capital, equipment and personnel by supplementing or replacing their analytical testing and information management functions. 

Neolytica aims to deliver services and resources through a global network of independently qualified analytical facilities.  The company's offering includes analytical testing, consulting, laboratory information management systems (LIMS), supply ordering, training, sample management and knowledge base management. Neolytica also has plans to serve as an application service provider (ASP) for LIMS.

"The established customer commitments, negotiated service network and best-in-class technology providers we have assembled will help ensure Neolytica's long-term sustainability," said Dave Kepler, vice president, electronic business, and chief information officer of The Dow Chemical Company.  "The combination of expertise and stability the founders bring to the company provides customers with an unprecedented level of security, reliability and accuracy."

Neolytica simplifies outsourcing by identifying the most appropriate resources from its extensive network of internationally recognized, qualified labs; initiating contracts; managing multiple projects with multiple labs; and customizing reports and tests to meet customer specifications.

"Neolytica makes outsourcing easier and more cost-effective by reducing or eliminating the costs associated with finding, qualifying and maintaining labs," said Bernard Guerini, Vice President, North America Gases, Air Products.  "Neolytica also enables us to more efficiently allocate other resources. For example, our in-house technicians can now focus on more specialized and higher-value projects."

Future target market segments for Neolytica will include metals, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, electronics, and biotech industries.