NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bruker said today it has entered an exclusive partnership with German software firm Scils for informatics tools supporting MALDI mass spec imaging.
The partnership covers Scils' Scils Lab software, which enables "user-friendly statistical analysis of large MALDI imaging datasets," Bruker said in a statement. Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
MALDI imaging uses mass spectrometry to measure and provide spatial information on analytes including proteins, peptides, drugs, and metabolites directly in tissue. As the speed and resolution of the technology has improved in recent years, the need has arisen for software to analyze the massive datasets generated by these workflows.
"Comprehensive statistical analysis of large MALDI imaging datasets is one of the major demands of our customers", Shannon Cornett, applications development manager and expert for MALDI imaging at Bruker, said. "The SCiLS team has channeled their mathematical and statistical expertise into a software product that surpasses anything that is currently available on the market. It integrates perfectly with our own flexImaging software and will be an integral part of our complete MALDI imaging solution."