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AB Sciex, Phenomenex Team on Food Safety Venture

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – AB Sciex said today that it has partnered with Phenomenex to combine their respective mass spectrometry and sample prep offerings for integrated food safety testing services.

Under the pact, Phenomenex will work with AB Sciex to expand and sell the AB Sciex iMethod applications and to combine the Phenomenex HPLC/UHPLC columns and sample preparation with AB Sciex's mass spectrometers. The aim is to create combined solutions for simplifying and accelerating the testing process for addressing food contamination crises.

The companies also have created a joint rapid response team for developing methods to support testing services for pesticides, antibiotics, allergens, and natural toxins, to labs worldwide. This joint unit includes personnel from Phenomenex's method development research team and AB Sciex's total solutions group.

AB Sciex also said that it has been developing an iMethod application to improve identification and quantitation of shellfish toxins in the food supply with a researcher at the National Research Council of Canada.

"Not only are we combining state-of-the-art sample preparation, chromatography and mass spectrometry, but we are also providing the opportunity for any lab in the world to access the ingenuity of leading experts in food safety analysis through our joint rapid response team," Sky Countryman, manager of the Phenomenex applied markets research team, said in a statement.

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