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December 04, 2023

PerkinElmer Acquires Covaris to Create an Innovation-Led, Global Life-Sciences and Diagnostics Platform

SHELTON, CT, December 4th, 2023 – PerkinElmer, a leading global analytical services and solutions provider, today announced that it has acquired Covaris, a leading developer of solutions to empower life science innovations. The merger will accelerate Covaris’ growth potential and expand PerkinElmer’s existing life sciences portfolio into the high-growth diagnostics end market. Both companies are majority owned by New Mountain Capital, and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

As precision medicine gathers pace for personalized disease treatment and prevention, Covaris is ideally positioned to help enable and accelerate the next generation of life sciences innovation, especially through its Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) capability, for efficient, reproducible and high-throughput sample preparation and data analysis. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, Covaris is a global leader in the development and deployment of end-to-end solutions for high-throughput genomic and proteomic analysis, including instruments, consumables, and reagents. Covaris’ solutions empower customers to accelerate the pace of research and drug discovery for clinical diagnostics, biopharma, and research markets globally.

“Covaris has a well-defined growth strategy with market-leading technologies and a very capable leadership team that will allow PerkinElmer to deepen its life sciences portfolio in the diagnostics end market. We see significant growth opportunities resulting from the combined resources of both companies, with PerkinElmer’s global scale unlocking commercial opportunities for Covaris”, said Dirk Bontridder, CEO of PerkinElmer.

“We are excited to begin our new chapter as part of PerkinElmer, an exceptional brand that resonates in our core markets, and will allow us to bring our technology to more customers and expand our growth globally. Our two cultures are very similar and both our customers as well as our employees will benefit from strong R&D resources and complementary solution capabilities”, said Annemarie Watson, CEO of Covaris.

Andre Moura, Managing Director at New Mountain Capital, said, “The combination of PerkinElmer and Covaris will bring significant benefits to the customers, employees, and stakeholders of both companies. Covaris will now have access to PerkinElmer’s global reach, technical and operating capabilities to continue its rapid growth trajectory. Covaris’ strong position in the genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics space brings an exciting new growth vector to PerkinElmer.  We look forward to continuing to work with management to build the combined company.”

About PerkinElmer

PerkinElmer is a global analytical services and solutions provider with offerings including the leading OneSource Field and Laboratory services business that serve the biopharma, food, environmental, safety and applied end markets to accelerate scientific outcomes. Since 1937, PerkinElmer has served as a trusted partner in laboratory analysis and management and today complements its service offerings with a broad portfolio of atomic spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, and chromatography instruments, consumables, and reagents. With a dedicated team of more than 6,000 team members, the Company serves customers in more than 35 countries. Additional information is available at www.perkinelmer.com.

About Covaris

Covaris develops, manufactures, and markets instruments, consumables, and reagents used in pre-analytical sample preparation for genomic and proteomic analysis to help accelerate the pace of research and life science innovations. Using proprietary technologies including focused acoustic energy, Covaris’ tools achieve highly accurate and reproducible results with the goal of empowering customers to make new discoveries, develop new assays and improve bioanalytical results. Some of the non-contact applications include faster automated DNA fragmentation, cell lysis, accelerated binding partner mixing, bead resuspension, and compound formulation. Additional information about Covaris is available at www.covaris.com.

About New Mountain Capital

New Mountain Capital is a New York-based investment firm that emphasizes business building and growth, rather than debt, as it pursues long-term capital appreciation. The firm currently manages private equity, credit and net lease investment strategies with over $45 billion in assets under management. New Mountain seeks out what it believes to be the highest quality growth leaders in carefully selected industry sectors and then works intensively with management to build the value of these companies. For more information on New Mountain Capital, please visit www.newmountaincapital.com.

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