Thermo Fisher Scientific Q Exactive HF-X Hybrid Quadrupole Orbitrap MS

Jun 07, 2017

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched its Q Exactive HF-X Hybrid Quadrupole Orbitrap mass spectrometer. The new MS platform delivers mass analysis with two- to three-fold sensitivity improvements while delivering the same number of protein identifications in half the time required for previous models. It also provides up to eight times better signal-to-noise ratio for native, intact monoclonal antibody mass determination, glycoprofiling, and purity checks. For more on Thermo Fisher's new platform click here.

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Roche Navify Clinical Trial Match, Navify Publication Search

Roche has launched two Navify clinical decision support apps, called Navify Clinical Trial Match and Navify Publication Search, to help oncologists access clinical trial information and publications. Both are available on the Navify Tumor Board platform.

The Navify Clinical Trial Match app identifies clinical trial options from 11 international registries, based on patient-specific attributes such as age, sex, biomarkers, and various tumor attributes. The registries include ClinicalTrials.gov, the German Clinical Trials Registry (DRKS), and the European Clinical Trials Registry (EUCTR).

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