Major releases were relatively sparse at ASMS as many vendors focused instead on the development of applications and workflows for their existing platforms.
Positive first quarter earnings reports lifted many stocks of life science tools firms even as the broader biotechnology market suffered.
Organic revenues were up 2 percent, as the company saw solid demand among its pharma customers but a decline in sales of its mass spectrometry instruments.
Driven by strong pharma sales, the company's revenues rose to $687 million from $629 million in Q4 2016, besting the consensus analyst estimate of $669 million.
Developed by researchers at the University of Michigan, the software could help drive uptake of ion mobility mass spec within the top-down proteomics field.
The company entered an agreement with JP Morgan Chase that provides a five-year unsecured $300 million term loan and a $1.5 billion revolving facility.
The index gained more than 3 percent, significantly outperforming the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, but slightly underperforming the Dow and Nasdaq.
Waters experienced some sluggishness in the US market in the quarter, and the firm noted that its pharma business, in particular, had seen a shift toward Europe.
The agreement brings together Biognosys' Spectronaut Pulsar DIA software and Waters' SONAR data-independent acquisition mass spectrometry method.
Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.
Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.
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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.