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April 11th 2023

Mérieux NutriSciences strengthens its leading position in the Chilean aquaculture market with the acquisition of Viamed Technical Laboratory SpA.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Chicago, IL, April 4th, 2023 – Mérieux NutriSciences, a world leader in food safety, quality and sustainability announced today the acquisition of Viamed Technical Laboratory SpA., a laboratory specialized in the detection of drug residues and chemical contaminants in food for human and animal consumption, and market leaders in aquaculture.

Established in 2003 and with a staff complement of 25 highly qualified professionals, Viamed (located in Ñuñoa, Santiago and with operations in Chiloé Island) has over 19 years’ experience in the analysis of residues and contaminants in salmon, bovine, ovine, porcine, poultry, oils and other food products, as well as microbiology and microscopy services, making it one of the leading service providers to the aquaculture and livestock industries in Chile.

Viamed uses analytical methodologies and technologies in accordance with the requirements of the national and international market. It has been characterized by its permanent search for growth, as well as the incorporation of professionals in the scientific-analytical area, which allows it to provide a wide and integral service to the food market.

With the acquisition of Viamed, Mérieux NutriSciences Chile (formerly Labser SpA.) continues to expand its presence and full-solutions-offering to the salmon industry in Chile, in full alignment with the Company’s objective to consolidate its position as the market leader in aquaculture, and to serve its customers throughout the value chain.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Viamed team, a company with a proven track record in quality, experience and customer service. These attributes, as well as the services offered by Viamed, are highly complementary to Mérieux NutriSciences’ offering, furthering the 360° solutions we are able to offer the entire salmon supply chain, from farm to fork – providing even more traceability, quality and confidence for our clients.”

Sebastian Meyer  |  Managing Director, Mérieux NutriSciences – Chile

“Viamed is excited to have joined the Mérieux NutriSciences group. As new challenges continue to emerge, and international demand in the food industry grows, it is necessary to count on greater knowledge and technology. Being part of the Mérieux NutriSciences global network allows us to compete at an international level and be better equipped to serve the requirements and needs of different markets.”

Guido Hernandez |  General Manager, Viamed

“The association with Viamed is an important step to strengthen Mérieux NutriSciences’ leadership in the aquaculture segment in Chile. Like Tracelab, Viamed has a wide technical reputation among Salmon producers and expands the Mérieux NutriSciences portfolio for this industry. I congratulate all of our colleagues from Mérieux NutriSciences Chile for this new chapter and I wish much success for our new Viamed colleagues.”

Eugenio Luporini  |  VP, Mérieux NutriSciences – South America Region

“Bringing together Viamed, Tracelab (acquired in 2021), Labser, and Mérieux NutriSciences is an exciting step to strengthen and accelerate our contribution to food systems safety, quality and sustainability. Sustainability is at the heart of Mérieux NutriSciences’ vision, mission and business roadmap, which is highlighted in our ESG commitments to Better Food. Better Health. Better World. Our ambition is to become the reference partner for science-based sustainability solutions in the food sector to support the transition towards more positive food systems.”

Nicolas Cartier |  CEO, Mérieux NutriSciences

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About Mérieux NutriSciences: At Mérieux NutriSciences, we leverage over 50 years of scientific and entrepreneurial expertise to offer practical and innovative food safety, quality and sustainability solutions to the food and related industries. Present worldwide, we are more than 100 accredited laboratories and a team of over 8,000 committed employees. Together, we can create solutions to offer our planet: BETTER FOOD. BETTER HEALTH. BETTER WORLD. www.merieuxnutrisciences.com 

About Viamed: Viamed Technical Laboratory SpA is a testing laboratory dedicated to the analysis of residues in meat (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry), salmon, oils, other food products, and raw materials. These activities have allowed it to reach an important and recognized place within the laboratories that provide services in Chile. Since its inception in 2003, Viamed has been characterized by its permanent search for growth with the aim of providing a comprehensive and comprehensive service to its clients. www.viamed.cl

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