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Improving pharmaceutical sales business, especially outside of its largest pharma customers, helped profits spike 21 percent from a year ago.

The platform will be based on Agilent's HPLC-chip technology and will enable high-throughput, nanoscale analysis of N-glycosylated proteins, said a researcher at Dublin's National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training.

With HPLC 2010 taking place in Boston this week, vendors touted new bio-inert instruments, cross-platform method reproducibility, and UHPLC performance at HPLC costs.

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The database, expected to be available next year, would allow biopharmaceutical manufacturers to confirm the structure of glycosylated proteins, which in turn could lead to safer and more effective biopharmaceuticals, the two parties said.

The partners will combine their expertise in glycan analysis and glycobiology to create a new database intended to help speed up glycosylation analysis.

Demand for the firm's newest instruments helped offset immaterial NIH stimulus spending and weaker-than-expected pharma sales.

Waters cited new products sales and improved end markets for the increase in revenues.

Total compensation for CEOs of four of the five top mass-spec vendors fell last year, reflecting a downturn in their companies' business and continuing a trend begun in 2008.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.