Advanced Instruments acquires SAL Scientific, its expertise and a range of cell growth supplements to support research and drug discovery workflows


NORWOOD, Mass., August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Advanced Instruments, a leading manufacturer of analytical instruments and services for bioprocessing, today announced the acquisition of SAL Scientific Ltd., a privately held company that develops and manufactures a portfolio of supplements cell growth for Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) and Human Embryonic Kidney (HEK) cells. These reagents dramatically improve cell growth under stressful conditions and help accelerate cell line development (CLD) biological workflows to maximize biotherapeutic production. The acquisition expands Advanced Instruments‘ expertise in reagents and strengthens its commitment to bioprocess workflows for advanced therapies.

SAL Scientific is the developer and manufacturer of the InstiGRO™, InstiSHAKE™ and InstiTHAW™ cell growth supplements which Advanced Instruments exclusively distributes today. As part of Advanced Instruments’ Solentim portfolio, these reagents are used in the early stages of biologic drug development to accelerate the selection of optimal clones for the production of monoclonal antibodies and viral vectors used in gene therapies. Acquiring expertise from SAL Scientific will support the expansion of reagent technologies and provide additional internal capabilities that support continued technology adoption, new product innovation and improved customer support.

“The addition of SAL Scientific aligns with our core strategy of investing in cutting-edge technologies that deliver significant customer value across the cell line development workflow,” commented Byron Selman, President and CEO of Advanced Instruments. “With SAL Scientific, we are investing to support customers in these workflows with these cell culture media supplements that improve cell growth, colony formation, and cloning efficiency.”

“We are thrilled to join the Advanced Instruments team,” said Steve Game, founding director of SAL Scientific. “As an existing business partner, we recognize the strong synergy between Insti supplements and Advanced Instruments’ cell line development systems. We are confident in the value Advanced Instruments will add with respect to the infrastructure for innovative product development, manufacturing capability and global marketing reach and that this combination will continue to accelerate the growth of Insti’s products.”

“We look forward to SAL Scientific joining the Advanced Instruments and Patricia Industries family and pursuing the next phase of growth together,” said Yuriy Prilutskiy, head of Patricia Industries North America, a subsidiary of Investor AB, and owner of Advanced. Tools. “Patricia Industries is committed to continuing to support Advanced Instruments in its mission to provide solutions that accelerate and improve biopharmaceutical product development globally, and we are excited to further increase our investments in building the portfolio. CLD products from Advanced Instruments.”

Advanced Instruments was represented by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (legal counsel).

SAL Scientific was represented by Azets (financial advisor) and Paris Smith (Jural advisor).

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Advanced Instruments is a global supplier of scientific and analytical instruments for the biotechnology, clinical and food industries. For more than 65 years, the company’s innovations have helped organizations improve the quality of results, achieve reliable results and increase productivity in the workplace. Advanced Instruments offers a diverse portfolio of products including freezing point osmometers, cerebrospinal fluid cell counters, anaerobic pot systems, cryoscopes, pasteurization test systems, and test standards and controls. For more information visit www.aicompanies.com

About SAL Scientific
SAL Scientific, based in Fordingbridge in the UK, is a developer of innovative mammalian cell biology reagents for research and drug discovery workflows. Our “Insti” line of animal-free, easy-to-use cell culture supplements (InstiGRO™, InstiSHAKE™ and InstiTHAW™) are designed to accelerate and increase productivity in the development of commercially important cell lines used in biopharmaceutical production. For more information, visit www.salscientific.com.

About Patricia Industries
Patricia Industries, part of Investor AB, makes control investments in leading companies with strong market positions, brands and corporate cultures within industries positioned for secular growth. Our ambition is to be the sole owner of our businesses, with strong management teams and boards. We invest with an indefinite holding period and focus on creating sustainable value and seizing organic and inorganic growth opportunities. For more information, visit www.patriciaindustries.com.

About Investor AB
Investor, founded by the Wallenberg family in 1916, is a committed owner of high quality global businesses. We have a long-term investment perspective. Through our board membership, as well as our industry experience, network and financial strength, we work continuously to help our companies remain or become best-in-class. For more information, visit www.investorab.com.

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