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Bio-Techne, 908 Devices Partner on Protein Characterization

NEW YORK – Bio-Techne and 908 Devices said on Tuesday that they are jointly developing an extended workflow for protein characterization.

Specifically, the firms plan to pair Minneapolis-based Bio-Techne's Maurice icIEF protein separation instrument with Boston-based 908 Devices' ZipChip platform, enabling in-depth characterization of intact and near-native biotherapeutics.

908 Devices' open-access ZipChip platform enables high-resolution separation and mass spec sample introduction. It directly integrates electrospray ionization with mass spectrometry and is compatible with Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sciex, and Bruker mass spectrometers. ZipChip uses capillary electrophoresis and electrospray ionization technology to minimize sample prep burden, perform high-resolution separations, and directly introduce samples into a mass spec instrument, according to the firms.

"By partnering with Bio-Techne and leveraging their market leading Maurice icIEF platform with our ZipChip device, we are together extending the workflow for customers conducting detailed protein characterization of charge variants," said Kevin Knopp, CEO and cofounder of 908 Devices, in statement. "This collaboration helps advance our reach into the biopharmaceutical market."