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Agilent, Owlstone to Collaborate on Mass Spec Module

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Owlstone Nanotech announced today that it is collaborating with Agilent Technologies on the development of a front-end module for mass spectrometry.

The Suffern, NY-based firm said that the companies would develop Owlstone's field-asymmetric ion mobility spectrometry filter as a front-end separation module for Agilent's Accurate Mass time-of-flight mass spectrometers.

Owlstone, which announced the collaboration at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference in Philadelphia, said that the goal of the alliance is to determine how the systems can work together to enable identification of previously unresolved analytes, and how FAIMS can speed up liquid chromatographic separations. Financial and other details of the agreement were not disclosed.

"The collaboration with Agilent gives us the opportunity to integrate our technology onto highly sensitive mass spectrometers that are ideal for demonstrating the benefit of the unique high-field, fast scanning ability of our FAIMS device," Bret Bader, Owlstone CEO, said in a statement.