Leveraging Science and Engineering to Accelerate Innovation

When it comes to understanding the physical structure, chemical properties and performance of advanced materials and integrated circuitry, no other scientific services company offers the breadth of experience, diversity of analytical techniques or technical ingenuity of EAG Laboratories. We deliver multi-disciplinary, problem-solving expertise to help our customers accelerate innovation, ensure quality and safety, and protect intellectual property.

The world is experiencing a powerful and rapid convergence of science, technology and commerce. Great scientific minds are driving awe-inspiring commercial initiatives, and companies around the globe are seeking the insight and competitive advantage that advanced science can provide. EAG is at the forefront of this revolution–one that is changing the way products are developed, designed, manufactured and used by millions of people around the planet.

Whether you are seeking to speed time-to-market, solve manufacturing problems or ensure regulatory compliance, turn to EAG. We know how to bring the power of science to every phase of your product lifecycle.

  • Product Innovation & Improvement
  • Investigations & Troubleshooting
  • Quality Assurance & Quality Control
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Consulting & Litigation Support
  • Manufacturing/Supply Chain Support

History

EAG Laboratories: 1978-Present

It was 1978, the dawn of the tech boom, when Dr. Charles Andrew “Drew” Evans arrived in Silicon Valley. An expert in Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Drew recognized the important role SIMS could play in the advancement of integrated circuit technology. He left his faculty position at University of Illinois, taking with him recent PhD student Vaughn Deline. He also convinced Rich Blattner, a financial partner, to join them in what was then a very bold move: to establish a commercial laboratory serving industry. The trio opened shop in San Mateo as Charles Evans and Associates (CEA) with just one Cameca ims 3f SIMS instrument, and quickly became “the place to go” for the likes of Intel and its cohorts.

Fast forward seven years to 1985. Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh, Nintendo released its first gaming system and General Electric was about to purchase RCA Corporation. Drew rightly predicted that GE ownership would bring RCA’s demise, freeing up technical talent he needed to support CEA’s first geographic expansion. He began recruiting RCA researchers and former Cornell University classmates, Charles Magee and Bill Harrington, to join forces. In 1987, they, along with SIMS analyst, Ephraim Botnik, were convinced not only to leave their jobs but to invest significant personal savings to establish “Evans East” in Plainsboro, New Jersey. The legacy of Evans East endures today as EAG’s Princeton, New Jersey lab.

The Rise and Fall of the CEA Instrument Division

While building its reputation as a service provider, CEA’s 30-plus employees also acquired a talent for modifying software and hardware to push through analytical limitations. This drive to improve visibility and enhance measurements was the genesis of the CEA Instrument Division in 1987. Lead by CEA hardware pioneers Ron Flemming, David Reed, Robert Oldham and Bruno Schueler, CEA innovated myriad technologies, including a Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) end-station, Light SIMS design microscope, several versions of drift SIMS and Time-of-Flight SIMS—an innovation that earned Schuyler an R&D 100 Award in [year]. The CEA instrument division was purchased by instrument manufacturer Physical Electronics in 1994. Five years later, Physical Electronics was sold to a High Voltage Engineering (HVE), which was subsequently acquired by private equity firm American Capital Strategies in 2005—and The Evans Analytical Group was born.

The Return to Analytical Services

Under private equity ownership, The Evans Analytical Group (or “EAG” as it became known) adopted an acquisitive growth strategy. EAG expanded its geographic footprint and broadened its capabilities through the purchase of four laboratories.

  • Nano Science Corporation (Tokyo, Japan, 2005)
  • Shiva Technologies (Syracuse, NY & Toulouse, France, 2006)
  • Accurel (Sunnyvale, California, 2007)
  • MEFAS (Irvine, CA, 2007).

EAG underwent a second change in ownership in 2008, and New York-based Odyssey Partners continued building the business through the addition of:

  • Chemir Analytical Services (St. Louis, 2011)
  • SEAL Laboratories (Los Angeles, CA, 2012)

In 2015, a total of 14 commercial laboratory businesses were united under the “EAG Laboratories” brand.

The Present Chapter

In 2017, EAG became part of the Eurofins Scientific global network of laboratories. Bringing an entirely new business line to the Eurofins organization, EAG launched Eurofins’ entry into materials and engineering sciences. Eurofins, led by founder and CEO Dr. Gilles Martin, brought global resources and a commitment to further build the EAG business. During 2018, EAG continued to increase capacity and expand capabilities through four strategically important acquisitions.

  • Pernicka Corporation (Fort Collins, Colorado)
  • Nanolab Technologies (Milpitas, California)
  • The Materials Analysis and Reliability Laboratory of Signify (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Liberty Test LLC (Santa Clara, California)

Since EAG’s beginnings over 40 years ago, the scientific community has amassed an enormous body of knowledge and analytical know-how. Today, we can see, measure, characterize and evaluate advanced materials and components with a precision and at a scale once unimaginable—and with each day, the pace of innovation accelerates. The materials scientists and microelectronics engineers of EAG take pride in being a part of this revolution, and look to the future with eager anticipation for inventions to come.

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