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According to Matthew Kuruc, COO of PIN member ProFact Proteomics, the network aims to help smaller firms offer complete solutions similar to those increasingly provided by large instrument vendors and to popularize non-mass spec-based proteomics workflows.

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The deal, which is expected to close within weeks, is the latest in a series of purchases of nanoflow LC firms by large mass spec vendors including Thermo Fisher Scientific and AB Sciex.

With executives from Agilent, Thermo Fisher, Waters, and Danaher presenting this week at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, UPLC as well as triple quadrupole and qual-quan mass spec proved primary areas of discussion.

The release of a long-awaited protein biomarker test, increased adoption of a major instrument platform, and a pair of proteome mapping milestones marked a year in which several much-anticipated advances in proteomics arrived.

The purchase, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011, will add a range of ion and liquid chromatography products to Thermo Fisher's portfolio, including platforms aimed at proteomics research like Dionex's UltiMate 3000 RSLCnano LC system.

The company plans to release new columns and mass spec ion source emitters sometime next year to more fully take advantage of the Easy-nLC technology, said an official.

Since launching its Accela HPLC line in 2006, Thermo Fisher has been largely quiet on the LC front, but according to a company official, today's acquisition "allows us to offer a more tightly integrated solution for proteomic LC/MS applications.”

The acquisition adds Proxeon's portfolio of nanoflow liquid chromatography systems, columns, ion sources, and bioinformatics software to Thermo Fisher's existing proteomics offerings.

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