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Wyatt Technology Corp.

Wyatt Technology Corp. 6300 Hollister Ave
93117 Santa Barbara United States
Quality at Wyatt Technology begins by listening attentively to our customers. We strive to make all customer contact with Wyatt Technology into a positive experience. Regardless of whether the customer issue is one of service, innovation or product quality, our aim is to delight the customer. We set and maintain the highest standards for production consistency, while incorporating flexibility and innovation into each process. We seek innovative ways to improve our work habits and adopt the best practices from wherever we find them, whenever we find them.

The inventors of the world's first multi-angle laser light scattering (MALS) instrument share a moment to celebrate their achievement.Some of the original Wyatt Scientists

The Wyatt Technology Corporation (WTC) is involved in the research, development, and commercialization of absolute macromolecular characterization techniques and their instrumentation. Founded in March 1982 by Dr. Philip Wyatt, the company was formed around his patents, ideas and inventions in industrial, military, and medical domains. To date, WTC has developed instruments capable of measuring the multi-angle light scattering characteristics of macromolecules (and particles) in solution, refractometers, as well as instruments for airborne aerosol monitoring and biodefense.

To a great extent, much of WTC's business began with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts awarded to the firm for its outstanding technological prowess and potential. The SBIR contracts are administered by certain agencies of the U.S. Government who have set aside a fraction of their authorized R&D funding for exclusive award to small businesses (a "small business" has fewer than 500 employees). The purpose of these highly competitive programs is to encourage scientific and technical innovation in areas deemed to be of national importance. The successful commercialization of products developed under these programs is one of the most important objectives of SBIR funding.

WTC has been awarded contracts from the U.S. Army Bioengineering Medical Research & Development Laboratory to establish the feasibility of instrumentation for the detection of toxicants in drinking water within sixty minutes. Another contract from the U.S. Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command to build an aerosol monitoring device for sub-micron particles. The potential applications for this instrument include real time identification of aerosol particles such as asbestos fibers and biological agents.

Another major contract was awarded by the Office of Naval Research, to develop an in situ particle monitoring device for characterizing undersea environments and their particulate constituents.

But by far, the company's commercial instruments, known by the trade name DAWN®, have been the driving force of the company in the 1990's. With extensive emphasis placed on intellectual property and new, patentable developments, the DAWN and miniDAWN systems have been sold in increasing numbers for more than a decade. Instruments have been placed in literally thousands of laboratories throughout the world, making them the most widely-recognized light scattering products on earth. The utility of the instruments is underscored by the burgeoning bibliography of publications, most of which have appeared in refereed journals. The DAWN systems provide unique and powerful tools for many different areas of analytical chemistry, including quality control, process control, molecular weight and size determinations, and a host of other applications, which are all possible with these multi-angle light scattering instruments.

The DAWN detectors are used by the world's most prestigious universities and some of the largest corporations in the world including DuPont, Dow, IBM, Glaxo, Unilever, Wyeth, Bayer and Merck. The company's applications have also involved sales to companies at the forefront of the biotechnology arena including Amgen, Genentech, Chiron, Genzyme, and Biogen.

Overseas sales provide an important component of the company's growth. Wyatt Technology actively sells its products throughout Europe, South America and Asia, thereby ensuring the greatest possible visibility and strongest sales potential for these systems. In 1993 Wyatt Technology formed Wyatt Technology Deutschland, a partially-owned subsidiary, to exploit the enormous sales in Germany and prepare for future sales into Eastern Europe. In March 2002, WTD began a new phase of its existence as Wyatt Technology Europe an entity capable of providing even higher levels of support and applications assistance throughout Europe.

A powerful distribution network ensures excellent service and support worldwide, while strategic partnerships with Agilent (as a member of their prestigious "Channel Partner" Program) and Waters Corporation, ensure Wyatt's compatibility with the industry-leading HPLC hardware.

Increasing marketing activities by WTC, both in the U.S. and abroad as well, has heightened universal awareness of the need for better analytical instruments, bode well for the Company's future. A Scientific Advisory Board comprised of two members of the National Academy of Science and several of the world's leading scholars in polymer chemistry, underscores the company's commitment to scientific excellence, as well as to world-wide acceptance of its products.

With direct sales and service facilities in Europe and the Eastern U. S., its Santa Barbara area home office contains over 30,000 square feet of modern electronics, optical prototype, machine shop, and laboratory facilities.

More than 30 years ago, Wyatt Technology's scientists invented the very first commercial light scattering instruments incorporating lasers as their light source. The US government was the first customer of these innovative technologies, designed to meet the need of specific applications including the detection of toxicants in drinking water and monitoring of particles in undersea environments (see our History). We've been defining and redefining the state-of-the-art laser light scattering hardware, software, training and services to meet customer needs for over two decades. Along the way we've added several related technologies to our product line including dynamic light scattering, refractometry, viscometry, and field flow fractionation.

Our attentiveness to customer needs and their applications has resulted in the installation of these novel technologies in more than 50 countries, making Wyatt Technology the world's leading manufacturer of laser light scattering instrumentation for absolute macromolecular characterization. It is the only company in the world focused exclusively on such systems, their design, and their application.

In fact, Wyatt Technology is one of the only manufacturers of light scattering instrumentation who develops its own hardware and software.

We stand behind every instrument we make, with engineering, service and support that are unmatched in the industry.

We seek innovative ways to improve the performance of our technologies, and set and maintain the highest production and quality standards to ensure each and every customer consistently receive the finest laser light scattering instrumentation.

Please begin your tour of Wyatt Technology's products by selecting Hardware and browsing through our complete product line of instruments and accessories for absolute macromolecular characterization.


  • Protein Association System
  • Biomolecular Characterization
  • Chromatography Columns
  • Mobility Measurement
  • Refractive Index Detection Instrument


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