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Pressure Bio Teams with Three Partners on Mass Spec Sample Prep, Data Analysis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Pressure BioSciences has teamed up with Leap Technologies, Sage-N Research, and Valco Instruments to co-develop a next-generation sample preparation and data analysis platform for Hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry, the firms said today.

The platform will use Leap's robotics and automation equipment, Valco's high-pressure valves and fittings, Pressure BioSciences' pressure cycling technology, and Sage-N's integrated data appliances with H/D exchange applications for data analysis. The partners said in a statement that they believe the number of research laboratories installing H/D exchange capabilities is increasing and will continue to increase significantly in the future.

H/D exchange involves replacing the hydrogen atom of a protein with a deuterium atom, or vice versa. The technique is used in assessing changes in the structure of proteins and can help determine the effects of structural changes on protein function.

The firms said they will "unveil a schematic" of the proposed platform this week at the annual American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. They also will co-promote the platforms at their exhibit booths during the conference and afterward will combine R&D and sales and marketing efforts on the platform.

Further terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

Two weeks ago, Pressure BioSciences and Leap Technologies announced that they would co-develop a next-generation sample preparation system for mass spectrometry.

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