When Martin Madaus, Ph.D., became president and CEO of Millipore (Mwww.millipore.com) in January 2005, he immediately began to transform the company into a global supplier of life science tools, technologies, and services. Millipore, previously known as a worldwide supplier of filtration products, has since broadened its scope to serve customers in the research, development, and production stages of the life science industry.
Millipore has made four strategic acquisitions to this end—NovAseptic, MicroSafe, Newport Biosystems, and Serologicals. Because of these transactions, “We have moved into several new areas, and it lets us simplify and combine product choices,” says Dr. Madaus.
Millipore, founded in 1954 and headquartered in Billerica, MA, has arranged its products, services, and industry expertise into seven core capabilities in order to clarify the arenas in which it can help customers. These seven core capabilities consist of: life sciences, drug discovery, sample prep, lab water, bioproduction, process development, and process monitoring. These new capabilities help pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients optimize their manufacturing productivity to ensure high-quality drugs. In addition, Millipore provides reagents, consumables, and disposables.
Services are an increasingly important part of Millipore’s business. Instead of customers spending time working out laboratory protocols around a particular device or antibody of interest, for instance, Millipore performs the applications work and returns validated protocols. Microbiological contract testing including assay development and testing for viruses and mycoplasma contamination in pharmaceutical manufacturing is available from Millipore’s MicroSafe Services unit.
For drug discovery scientists, Millipore’s newly acquired selectivity profiling services evaluate potential leads and guide medicinal chemistry to optimize the most promising compounds and avoid the costly development of nonspecific lead candidates, Dr. Madaus explains.