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Acquisition of Montana-Based BioScience Laboratories

March 10, 2021

Acquisition strengthens Sotera Health’s antimicrobial and antiviral lab testing capabilities


CLEVELAND, OH March 10, 2021 – Sotera Health, a leading global provider of mission-critical sterilization and lab-testing and advisory services announced today that it has acquired Montana-based BioScience Laboratories. This acquisition expands the US-based antimicrobial and antiviral testing capabilities of Sotera Health’s Nelson Labs business.  BioScience Laboratories is a leader in topical antimicrobial product testing in the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Bozeman, Montana; BioScience Laboratories has an outstanding reputation for customer service, research, innovation, and quality control.  They are recognized for their analytical testing and clinical trial services for manufacturers of consumer products, healthcare products, pharmaceuticals, and more.   Founded in 1991, the company formerly owned and operated by Dr. Daryl Paulson and Marsha D. Brown operates a 22,000 square foot laboratory in Bozeman which includes a new Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Virology lab.

“BioScience Laboratories is premier provider of antimicrobial testing services; known for its testing of consumer hand sanitizers, pre-operating hand-wash, and hard surface disinfectants.  It is also recognized for its strong relationships with its customers and regulators,” said Michael B. Petras Jr., Chairman and CEO of Sotera Health.  This acquisition will expand and further strengthen our antimicrobial and virology lab testing capabilities.  We welcome BioScience Laboratories’ strong management and expert staff as they join us in our mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.”

“Our mission is to provide our customers with unsurpassed quality service, genuine concern, and innovation combined with technical expertise.  We have earned a reputation for our expertise and quality; and are seen as an essential partner for our customers—and we know we have found the same in Sotera Health,” said Dr. Daryl Paulson, President and CEO of BioScience Laboratories.  “My goal for Bioscience Laboratories is to continue our commitment to the antimicrobial lab testing industry and to our customers.  We accomplish this by becoming part of Sotera Health, a global company whose breadth of services and expansive reach provide extraordinary value to the industries we are proud to serve.”

“BioScience Laboratories’ offerings will provide Nelson Labs growth into new markets and will also provide a great benefit to our medical device and pharmaceutical customers needing antimicrobial and virology testing,” said Joe Shrawder, President of Nelson Labs. “BioScience Labs and Sotera Health share common values around safety, customer satisfaction, integrity, people, and a commitment to scientific excellence. We look forward to an exciting future together.”

BioScience Laboratories will complement Sotera Health’s Nelson Labs business based in Salt Lake City, UT.  Their antimicrobial and virology testing capabilities will enhance Nelson Labs existing strengths in microbiological lab testing, analytical chemistry, and expert advisory services.   BioScience Laboratories’ facilities are FDA registered and ISO 17025 accredited.