Millipore and 3M Sign a Private Label Agreement for Multi-SPE Extraction Plates

BILLERICA, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 24, 2005–Millipore Corporation (NYSE: MIL), a multinational bioscience company, and 3M Company (NYSE: MMM), a leading technology innovator in health care markets, announced today that they have entered into a supply and distribution agreement for 96-well Multi-SPE Extraction Plates. Under the terms of the agreement, the plates, developed by 3M, will be branded and distributed by Millipore for life science sample preparation applications.

Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) is the preferred method for isolating and concentrating low levels of analytes by eliminating substances that contribute to and interfere with mass spectrometry signal detection. The Multi-SPE Extraction Plates feature 3M(TM) Empore(TM) membranes, which produce clean extracts, extend LC-MS/MS column life and decrease instrument downtime.

Jonathan DiVincenzo, Vice President of R&D and Marketing for Millipore’s Bioscience Division, commented: “SPE is a popular method for our customers, who need to focus on data quality at low detection limits. 3M technology is well known for its performance, quality and reliability. The overall value is efficiency for high throughput sample processing.”

SPE products typically are used in the environmental and bioanalytical sample preparation markets. The Multi-SPE Extraction Plate minimizes solvent usage and eliminates evaporation/reconstitution steps.

“Both companies have innovative solutions that meet the needs of their global customers. Through this relationship, customers will continue receiving quality sample preparation products from two premiere technology companies with brand and industry recognition,” said Gregg Vandesteeg, Vice President of R&D, 3M Health Care, 3M Company.

About Millipore Corporation

Millipore is a leading bioprocess and bioscience products and services company, organized into two divisions. The Bioprocess Division offers solutions that optimize development and manufacturing of biologics. The Bioscience Division provides high performance products and application insights that improve laboratory productivity. Millipore has a deep understanding of its customers’ research and manufacturing process needs, and offers reliable and innovative tools, technologies and services. The Company employs approximately 4,500 people worldwide and posted revenues of $883 million in 2004. For more information about Millipore visit

About 3M — A Global, Diversified Technology Company

Every day, 3M people find new ways to make amazing things happen. Wherever they are, whatever they do, the company’s customers know they can rely on 3M to help make their lives better. 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, Command and Vikuiti. Serving customers in more than 200 countries around the world, the company’s 67,000 people use their expertise, technologies and global strength to lead in major markets including consumer and office; display and graphics; electronics and telecommunications; safety, security and protection services; health care; industrial and transportation. For more information, including the latest product and technology news, visit

Millipore Forward Looking Statement Disclaimer

The matters discussed herein, as well as in future oral and written statements by management of Millipore Corporation that are forward-looking statements, are based on current management expectations that involve substantial risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties that could affect Millipore’s future operating results include, without limitation, foreign exchange rates; regulatory delay in the approval of new therapeutics and their ultimate commercial success; further consolidation of drug manufacturers; competitive factors such as new membrane technology; lack of availability of raw materials or component products on a timely basis; inventory risks due to shifts in market demand; change in product mix; conditions in the economy in general and in Millipore’s bioprocess and bioscience markets in particular; potential environmental liabilities; the inability to utilize technology in current or planned products due to overriding rights by third parties; difficulties inherent in research and development activities; and the risk factors listed from time to time in Millipore’s filings with the SEC.

Millipore is a registered trademark of Millipore Corporation. 3M, Empore, Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, Command and Vikuiti are trademarks of 3M.


Media Contacts:
Millipore Corporation
Thomas Anderson, 978-715-1043 or 800-225-3384
Vice President, Corporate Communications
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3M Company
Glenn Carter, 651-737-0687
Corporate Communications
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Investor Contact:
Millipore Corporation
Geoffrey Helliwell, 978-715-1041 or 800-225-3384
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