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Life Science Product Launches by BCW Index Firms at Pittcon 2007

This story originally appeared in Biocommerce Week, a newsletter that has been discontinued.
Several of the firms that comprise the BCW Index launched new products last week at Pittcon 2007 in Chicago. Though most of the products introduced were for industrial applications outside of life sciences research, several of the firms used the conference to publicize new products aimed at the life sciences field. Below is a list of the BCW Index companies that rolled out new products last week for the life sciences research industry.
Bio-Rad introduced its Profinia protein purification system. The system is a low-pressure LC system that the company says enables researchers to perform unattended affinity purification and desalting of recombinant tagged proteins.
The Profinia does not require special chromatography training or expertise, Bio-Rad said. The system's large touch screen guides the user through method selection and sample loading. Purified proteins are automatically collected into a single tube and protein yield and concentration are measured and displayed on the screen at the end of the run.

Bruker BioSciences released its Compass 1.2 software for LC and API sources for use with Bruker's HCT high-capacity ion traps and micrOTOF ESI-(Q-q)-TOF MS. In addition to providing instrument control and data processing for all Bruker Daltonics LC/MS, FTMS, and MALDI-TOF mass specs, the software can be adapted for use with HPLC and UPLCs from other companies including Agilent, Waters, and Eksigent.
The company also said it has added the ImagePrep tissue sample preparation device and flexImaging 2.0 software to its MALDI Molecular Imager systems solution.
The ImagePrep is a MALDI matrix deposition device that uses novel vibrational vaporization while flexImaging features Bruker's ClassImaging algorithm, allowing for data analysis, visualization, and statistical analysis of MALDI images.

Agilent announced it has expanded applications and features of its MassHunter Workstation data processing software. The software was originally launched last year and employs algorithms to reduce the amount of time needed for and possible errors created by manual analysis. The software identifies all detectable compounds or molecular features in accurate mass LC/MS and LC/MS/MS data.
Improvements include algorithms that allow users to find more molecular weights at lower intensity with significantly improved speed, and another algorithm that now uses accurate mass information from MS/MS fragment ions and neutral losses as well as from the MS domain, Agilent said.
The company also said its HPLC chip is now useable with its triple quadrupole and quadrupole TOF mass spectrometers, completing the expansion of the chip's use across Agilent's entire LC/MS portfolio. According to the company, its HPLC chip technology replaces conventional LC nanoflow column and microvalves with a microfluidics chip.

Thermo Fisher Scientific introduced its SIEVE differential expression software, which provides label-free semi-quantitative differential expression analysis of proteins and peptides.

Waters introduced a variety of chromatography columns, including the Acquity UPLC HSS T3 columns for UPLC separations, the Atlantis T3 columns for HPLC separations, Peptide Separation Technology columns for nanoLC, HPLC, and UPLC, Oligonucleotide Separations Technology columns for HPLC and UPLC, UPLC Amino Acid columns, and VanGuard Pre-Columns for UPLC Separations. The firm also introduced the Acquity UPLC FLR Detector and Empower 2.0 Software Control for the Acquity SQ and TQ detectors.

PerkinElmer introduced its Labworks LIMS 6.0 system. According to the company, a key feature of the system is Workflow Architect, a "new graphical workflow editor designed to allow the user to easily tailor and test changes to the default Labworks workflow." Other features include the updated Labworks Desktop, providing an integrated real-time desktop messenger; an integrated electronic signature to help laboratories secure faster compliance and approvals; and new services for data integration.

Millipore said its 33 millimeter Millex syringe filters with nylon membrane for analytical sample preparation are now available. The non-sterile syringe filters are used for filtration of 10 to 100 milliliters of aqueous and mild organic solutions before analysis by HPLC or other instruments.

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