ASMS

Richard Smith, director of proteomics at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been named recipient of the 2013 Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

The American Society for Mass Spectrometry has named University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Josh Coon winner of its Klaus Biemann Medal.

Swiss proteomics firm Biognosys and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich researcher Reudi Aebersold have received CHF 1.5 million ($1.57 million) from the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation to bring hyper-reaction monitoring mass spectrometry, or HRM-MS, to ma

TOF mass spec took center stage this week at ASMS with vendors including Waters, Agilent, and Bruker releasing new TOF machines and Thermo Fisher Scientific launching its Q Exactive instrument aimed at the Q-TOF market.

The instrument, which links a quadrupole to an Orbitrap mass analyzer, is aimed at proteomics applications like peptide sequencing commonly done on Q-TOFs, said a Thermo Fisher official. The company is also releasing a new ion trap – the Velos Pro – and a new hybrid Orbitrap – the Orbitrap Elite – which offers resolution of up to 240,000 FWHM.

Movers & Shakers

Premium

Brandon Ruotolo, Frank Witney, Kevin King, Ronald DePinho, John Mendelsohn, Lynda Chin

Sales of the company's mass spec and LC platforms grew by more than 20 percent, as Life Science revenues rose to $464 million from $334 million a year ago.

At the Association for Mass Spectrometry's Applications to the Clinical Lab meeting this week, proteomics researchers highlighted the need for higher-throughput assays, with several introducing automated SISCAPA workflows employing instruments from vendors including Agilent Technologies and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

A Waters' official said the company's mass spec business was its "strongest performer across the line," while Bruker touted healthy growth in revenues and new orders in life sciences mass spec.

Pages

Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.