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Varian launched its 900 MS series Fourier transform mass spectrometers. The instruments can incorporate either traditional or "Zero Boil-off off" Varian magnets, the company said. Available field strengths include 7, 9.4, 12, and 15 Tesla, which the company said is the highest commercially available FTMS magnet providing the largest sample dynamic range of any FTMS system.
The series comprises the 901-MS, a hybrid electrospray ionization instrument; the 902-MS, a MALDI instrument; and the 903-MS, a dual cart-instrument allowing both electrospray and MALDI ionization sources to share a single magnet.
Varian also launched its new data dependent scanning option for the 500-MS ion trap MS. Varian's TurboDDS delivers complex MS/MS or MSn measurements automatically based on limited and simple operator specified criteria, the company said.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments introduced its Prominence Ultra Fast LC. The system is up to 10 times faster than a conventional HPLC system using a 5 micrometer particle column, the company said in a statement. This is achieved while maintaining high-quality analytical results not possible on specialized systems incorporating design concessions due to extreme pressure limits, it said.
The company also launched its LCMS-IT-TOF Formula Predictor software. Among its features are high mass accuracy MS analysis; high sensitivity, full spectrum TOF analyzer; and constant mass accuracy and mass resolution in all MS modes, the company said.

Bio-Rad introduced its Profinia protein purification system. The system is a low-pressure LC system that the company says enables researchers to perform unattended affinity purification and desalting of recombinant tagged proteins.
The Profinia does not require special chromatography training or expertise, Bio-Rad said. The system's large touch screen easily guides the user through method selection and sample loading. Purified proteins are automatically collected into a single tube and protein yield and concentration is measured and displayed on the screen at the end of the run.

Bruker BioSciences released its Compass 1.2 software for LC and API sources for use with Bruker's HCT high-capacity ion traps and micrOTOF ESI-(Q-q)-TOF MS. In addition to providing instrument control and data processing for all Bruker Daltonics LC/MS, FTMS, and MALDI-TOF mass specs, the software can be adapted for use with HPLC and UPLCs from other companies including Agilent, Waters, and Eksigent.
The company also said it has added the ImagePrep tissue sample preparation device and flexImaging 2.0 software to its MALDI Molecular Imager systems solution.
The ImagePrep is a MALDI matrix deposition device that uses novel vibrational vaporization while flexImaging features Bruker's ClassImaging algorithm, allowing for data analysis, visualization, and statistical analysis of MALDI images.

Agilent announced it has expanded applications and features of its MassHunter Workstation data processing software. The software was originally launched last year and employs unique algorithms to reduce the amount of time needed for and possible errors created by manual analysis. The software identifies all detectable compounds or molecular features in accurate mass LC/MS and LC/MS/MS data.
Improvements include algorithms that allow users to find more molecular weights at lower intensity with significantly improved speed, and another algorithm that now uses accurate mass information from MS/MS fragment ions and neutral losses as well as from the MS domain, Agilent said.
The company also announced its HPLC chip is now useable with its triple quadrupole and quadrupole TOF mass spectrometers, completing the expansion of the chip's use across Agilent's entire LC/MS portfolio. According to the company, its HPLC chip technology replaces conventional LC nanoflow column and microvalves with a simple, compact microfluidics chip.

Thermo Fisher Scientific introduced its SIEVE differential expression software providing label-free semi-quantitative differential expression analysis of proteins and peptides.

PerkinElmer introduced its Labworks LIMS 6.0 system. According to the company, a key feature of the system is Workflow Architect, a "new graphical workflow editor designed to allow the user to easily tailor and test changes to the default Labworks workflow," the company said in a statement. Other features include the updated Labworks Desktop, providing an integrated real-time desktop messenger; an integrated electronic signature to help laboratories secure faster compliance and approvals; and new services for data integration.

Honeywell said it has added 11 standard beads to its LabReady Solvent Blends line. The new blends, like the original blends, are manufactured using Honeywell's proprietary, closed-loop technology ensuring solvent consistency and accuracy, the company said in a statement. The blending technology meets isocratic and gradient HPLC and most LC/MS requirements.

Millipore said its 33 millimeter Millex syringe filters with nylon membrane for analytical sample preparation is now available. The non-sterile syringe filters are used for filtration of 10 to 100 milliliters of aqueous and mild organic solutions before analysis by HPLC or other instruments.

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