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ABI, PE, Millipore Create Automated Protein-Identification Troika

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 30 - Applied Biosystems, PerkinElmer, and Millipore have linked their technologies to offer an automated 2-D gel process for protein identification, the companies said at a workshop here on Tuesday.


The collaboration, one year in the making, ties together ABI's mass spec technology with Millipore's 2-D gel consumables and Packard BioScience's liquid handling automation platform, according to Judi Tilghman, business development manager at PerkinElmer. PerkinElmer acquired Packard last November.


Millipore is finalizing protocols and validating the system, to be offered to customers in March, according to Tilghman, who spoke on the last day of the LabAutomation2002 conference here.


The agreement between the three companies calls for the automated system to be co-marketed, though each company will sell only its own products, said Vern Tisdale, director of platform marketing for separations and automations products at Applied Biosystems.


"Customers interested in obtaining proteomic information from 2-D gels now have an avenue for automating the process," Tisdale said.


Financial terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.


The products put together for the automation platform include Applied Biosystems' Proteomics Solution 1 system, PerkinElmer's MultiProbe II HT EX with Gripper Integration Platform, and Millipore's Montage In-Gel Digest96 Kit.

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