Aquilant Scientific (NI) was established as a laboratory distribution company in Belfast in April 1990. The main customer base at this time was the hospital clinical laboratory market. Over the next five years the company grew and expanded into university and government laboratories with a more varied selection of products for their customers. In 1995 Aquilant Scientific (NI) was acquired by United Drug PLC along with Novapath, a scientific company based in Dublin.
These acquisitions meant that United Drug could significantly expand their business in the medical and scientific equipment sector in both the north and south of Ireland. Following this acquisition Aquilant Scientific (NI) moved to premises on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast to join Ulster Anaesthetics Limited, another United Drug company. In 1999, due to continued growth, both companies moved to a new purpose built facility based in Moneyreagh on the outskirts of Belfast. The 20,000 sq.ft.
Office and warehouse building provided the scope for further expansion of the company. Later in the same year Auilant Nursing Care was acquired by United Drug and joined Aquilant Scientific (NI) and Aquilant Medical (NI) in their new facilities. Aquilant Scientific (NI) is today the largest independent supplier to the NHS laboratory market. They supply a wide range of quality products to the NHS, university, government and industrial laboratories, representing a wide range of global manufacturers.