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Bruker Acquires Liquid Chromatography Firm PepSep, Enters OEM Agreement with IonOpticks

NEW YORK – Bruker said Friday that it has acquired Danish liquid chromatography company PepSep and entered into an OEM agreement with IonOpticks of Australia for nanoLC columns.

Bruker uses nanoLC columns from Marslev-based PepSep in its nanoElute UHPLC system and said the company's columns, specialty emitters, and components will allow it to optimize its nanoflow proteomics workflows.

Under the OEM agreement with IonOpticks, the Melbourne-based firm will produce Bruker's Focus series nanoLC columns with performance identical to IonOpticks' Aurora columns, which feature integrated packed emitter tips and provide high-quality peak shapes and high separation power.

"The addition of PepSep’s column portfolio combined with the IonOpticks high-performance pulled tip columns provide our timsTOF customers more nanoLC choices to advance their applications," Michael Krawitzky, Bruker's product manager for LC-MS consumables, said in a statement. "Our timsTOF customers expect excellent sensitivity and robustness, which this combined Bruker and OEM nanoLC portfolio will add."

"It is great to be part of Bruker as it allows the PepSep team to focus on innovation in separations for ultra-high throughput proteomics on the timsTOF platform," said PepSep founder Peter Nielsen. "Matching separations technology that is ultra-robust and delivers the best sensitivity for high-speed TIMS/PASEF detection, with the ease of use of non-integrated tips, was important, and we now can continue to develop chemistries to drive performance enhancements for 4D-Proteomics and 4D-Lipidomics applications."

Financial and other terms of the agreements were not disclosed.