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AB Sciex Teams With Swiss Researchers on Metabolomics Method Development

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – AB Sciex is teaming with researchers from the ETH Zurich Institute of Molecular Systems Biology to improve metabolomics research, the company said today.

The partnership will focus on developing quantitative, broad-coverage, high-throughput metabolomics for systems biology using AB Sciex's mass spectrometry technology, the company said, adding that the collaboration is part of the Swiss Systems Biology Program to "accelerate analysis and improve results" for metabolomics.

The research at ETH is led by Nicola Zamboni and Uwe Sauer and uses AB Sciex's QTrap 5500 platform. The collaboration is directed at developing a new method to "reduce the time to conduct quantitative analysis of metabolites from approximately one hour to under three minutes, while delivering comprehensive results," AB Sciex said.

Researchers will be able to use the method to analyze how metabolite levels are related to metabolic fluxes and protein levels in complex networks.

"Our partnering with AB Sciex on new method development for metabolomics will drive the field of systems biology forward by addressing the need for more quantitative, comprehensive data that can be quickly obtained," said Sauer, a professor of systems biology at the institute, adding that the method under development can be used for analyzing any biological system.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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