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.
According to President and CEO Douglas Berthiaume, LC and mass spec instrument sales both grew at rates of over 20 percent as the company saw "continued rapid uptake" of its Acuity H-Class UPLC and Xevo mass spectrometry systems.
During a conference call, CEO Douglas Berthiaume said that while there have been no significant effects so far of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on Waters, the potential for an adverse impact remained.
While peptide-based techniques have dominated proteomics over the last decade, advances in instrumentation and a growing appreciation of the importance of protein isoforms are leading to increased interest in intact protein research.
While Bruker launched its new maXis 4G mass spec and hinted at an LC/MS triple quadrupole instrument to come, most mass spec vendors offered little in the way of new machines for proteomics research, spotlighting instead workflows using their existing product lines.