EW GROUP, a German strategic holding company in the field of animal breeding, health, nutrition and diagnostics, has announced the acquisition of Hygiena, a food safety and environmental testing solutions company. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in March 2021.

Hygiena, headquartered in Camarillo, California, USA, with 9 locations around the world, develops, manufactures and distributes food safety and environmental diagnostic solutions. The products are sold in over 100 countries to more than 10,000 customers. For two decades, Hygiena has been committed to providing accurate and easy-to-use-diagnostic tests, supported by the most knowledgeable technical service teams in the industry.

The newly formed group of companies, under the Hygiena umbrella, will include BioChek, a global veterinary diagnostic company, as well as Biotecon, an innovator in PCR, GMO, ID and environmental diagnostics. Both companies are subsidiaries of the EW GROUP, expanding Hygiena’s food safety portfolio with attractive molecular diagnostic capabilities, sample preparation as well as the veterinary diagnostic field.

As part of the partnership, EW GROUP and Hygiena are committed, based on the EW GROUP principles, to invest in new technologies, R&D and international structures. Technical expertise will be leveraged amongst the companies to develop new products in diagnostics, accelerate development and further improve data interpretation and management software capabilities.