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Nonlinear Dynamics, Amersham to Build 1D Gel Robot

NEW YORK, March 15 - UK bioinformatics company Nonlinear Dynamics and country mate Amersham Biosciences said they are collaborating to build a proteomic analysis robot that would allow researchers to pick protein bands from 1D gels for mass spec.
As proteomic research "becomes more sophisticated," the companies reckon that scientists "have an increasing need" to pick protein bands from 1D gels. They believe that integrating Nonlinear's 1D electrophoresis analysis tool with Amersham's Ettan Spot Picker robot will create just the tool to help researchers do this.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and it was not immediately clear when or where the tool would be marketed.

"People are now looking at multiplex bands from 1D gels as opposed to single-spots from 2D gels to get mass-spec data quickly," Bruce Venning, Nonlinear's science director, told GenomeWeb. "Our software will identify ... all the bands and then feed the coordinates of those bands and the shape of those bands to a robot, which will then pick those, which will go to [Amersham's] mass spec" machines.


Nonlinear Dynamics, of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and London-based Amersham Biosciences already have a number of proteomic collaborations, all related with image analysis.

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