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Bio-Rad, Bruker Partner on Protein Profiling Tools

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bio-Rad Laboratories and Bruker said after the close of the market on Monday that they will combine their respective technologies for high-throughput protein profiling and identification.

Specifically, the firms will pair Bio-Rad's surface-enhanced laser desorption technology with Bruker's matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometers. The partners said that the combination would enable the detection and identification of intact peptides and proteins under 30 kilodaltons, which are challenging for currently available technologies to identify.

The partnership is exclusive and will lead to the development and commercialization of new products. However, the firms did not provide financial or further details.

"We're confident that Bio-Rad's SELDI technology combined with the flexibility delivered by Bruker's TOF/TOF systems will offer tangible benefits to researchers for protein biomarker discovery," Brad Crutchfield, life science group manager for Bio-Rad, said in a statement.

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