Harvard Bioscience is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialized products, primarily apparatus and scientific instruments used to advance life science research at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and government laboratories worldwide. We sell our products to thousands of researchers in over 100 countries through our full-line catalog (and various other specialty catalogs), our websites, and through distributors, including GE Healthcare, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., and VWR. We have sales and manufacturing operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain and sales facilities in France and Canada.
Our goal is to become a leading provider of tools for life science research and to increase shareholder value. Our strategy is to have a broad range of highly specialized but relatively inexpensive products that have strong positions in niche markets within life science research:
- We believe that having a broad product line reduces the risk of being dependent on a single technology;
- We believe that having relatively inexpensive products reduces the volatility associated with expensive capital equipment;
- We believe our well established products, brands and distribution channels provide strong barriers to entry; and
- We believe focusing on niche markets reduces head-to-head competition with the major instrument companies.
We organized our company as a Massachusetts corporation on March 7, 1996 in connection with our purchase of a portion of the assets of Harvard Apparatus, a business which, with its predecessors, had been in existence since 1901. We were reincorporated by merger in Delaware prior to the closing of our IPO in December 2000. In connection with the reincorporation, we changed our corporate name from Harvard Apparatus, Inc. to Harvard Bioscience, Inc. Our principal executive offices are located at 84 October Hill Road, Holliston, Massachusetts 01746. Our telephone number at that location is (508) 893-8066 and our Internet address is http://www.harvardbioscience.com.
We have over 15 wholly owned subsidiaries, including: AHN Biotechnologie GmbH (Germany), Biochrom Ltd (United Kingdom), Biochrom US, Inc. (United States), Biodrop Ltd (United Kingdom), CMA Microdialysis AB (Sweden), Coulbourn Instruments, LLC (United States), Denville Scientific, Inc. (United States), Harvard Apparatus, Ltd (United Kingdom), Harvard Apparatus, SARL (France), Hoefer, Inc. (United States), Hugo Sachs Elektronik GmbH (Germany), KD Scientific (United States), Panlab s.l. (Spain), Scie-Plas Limited (United Kingdom) Warner Instruments LLC (United States).
The names Harvard Bioscience and Harvard Apparatus and our logo are used under license from Harvard University.