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Nonlinear Dynamics, Sage-N Research, Insilicos, Waters, Thermo Electron, and Jonathan Said


Nonlinear Dynamics announced this week the launch of its TT900 S2S software for pre-analysis alignment of 2D electrophoresis gel images. The software corrects for various gel inconsistencies, the company said. After alignment, the images can be exported for traditional gel analysis.

The software was showcased this week at the Swiss Proteomics Society Annual Congress in Zurich.

Sage-N Research has released a new subscription program for new and existing customers of its Sorcerer Protein Identification appliance. The service, called Sorcerer's Shield, provides continuous system availability in the event of a failure, and offers automated software updating. The program can be renewed on a yearly basis for up to five years. The current price of the service is $5,500 per year.

Insilicos has released version 1.4 of its free mass spectrometry proteomics viewer at The new version is "significantly" faster than version 1.3, and can read files in the new mzData format, the company said.

Waters has begun shipping version 7.0 of the NuGenesis Scientific Data Management System (SDMS). The new version enables scientists to convert proprietary data from any analytical technique into the JCAMP-DX standard, the company said. The system also enables single-user authentication and includes enhanced electronic signature capabilities. SDMS 7.0 also includes an expanded software development kit and on-line documentation to assist in the development of Microsoft .Net applications.

Thermo Electron has released Retriever 3.0, a web-based software tool for extracting data from heterogeneous laboratory systems. Retriever users do not require access to the original system from which the data is extracted, the company said.

Movers & Shakers

Jonathan Said has joined CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics as a member of its scientific advisory board, CMD said last week.

Said is currently the chief of anatomic pathology at the department of pathology and laboratory medicine and the chief of surgical pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles' Medical Center for the Health Sciences. He is also a professor of pathology and urology at UCLA School of Medicine.

Said holds an MD from the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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