Posted: March 1, 2010

Thermo Fisher Scientific Showcases its Commitment to Innovation at Pittcon 2010

(Nanowerk News) Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a world leader in serving science, strengthens its position as the industry’s innovation powerhouse with a comprehensive showing of new high-end analytical instruments, laboratory equipment, software, consumables and reagents at Pittcon 2010, being held from February 28 - March 5 in Orlando. Whether providing customers with the ability to perform complex proteomics research, bringing industry-leading technologies to routine applications, or enabling fast and accurate analysis in the field, Thermo Fisher is committed to connecting customers with the tools, knowledge and insight to serve science in ways no other company can.
“We are in the unique position of not only helping our customers to improve the quality of research, but also driving their productivity through improved workflows and operating processes,” said Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Our Thermo Scientific brand is accelerating their progress by providing industry-leading technologies, while our Fisher Scientific channel continues to streamline laboratory supply chain management for our customers.”
Thermo Fisher’s new technologies, products and services are highlighted this year in booths 2757 and 2657. Progress Starts Here is the theme reinforced through the company’s Thermo Scientific technology and innovation brand, while the Fisher Scientific brand represents choice and convenience through One Source, Infinite Solutions.
Enabling researchers to solve tomorrow’s challenges
As researchers close in on their understanding of disease, its causes and potential treatments, the speed and accuracy with which decisions are made becomes more critical to the process. For the proteomic researcher, for example, who is pushing the boundaries of science to discover new drugs, Thermo Fisher has reinvented ion trap technology with its new Thermo Scientific LTQ Velos platform. The improvements in speed and sensitivity in the LTQ Velos™ enable more confident sequence assignment and post-translational modification (PTM) identification.
The LTQ Orbitrap™ Velos™ combines the increased sensitivity and improved cycle time of the LTQ Velos with the proven mass accuracy and ultra-high resolution of the company’s revolutionary Orbitrap mass analyzer to deliver high-performance hybrid mass spectrometry.
Steven Gygi, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School has already witnessed the transformation this new technology has made possible for cellular proteome analysis. “The ability to analyze more samples in a day than we previously could in weeks – and with the assurance that the results are even more accurate – changes the rules of the game,” Gygi said.
The LTQ Orbitrap Velos mass spectrometer is capable of providing more analytical detail and specificity than ever before. Thermo Fisher’s leading mass spectrometry platform continues to evolve to satisfy the increasing demands of researchers who need to identify more proteins with increased sequence coverage and higher confidence, yet do so in less time.
The company is also meeting the demand for rapid screening and analysis of complex samples containing pesticides, metabolites or other target compounds by combining its highly effective Exactive™ benchtop liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) system with its Transcend™ online sample extraction technology for a complete Thermo Scientific LC/MS solution. The TurboFlow™ technology in Transcend permits direct injection of complex matrices, virtually eliminating upfront sample preparation and delivering reliable analysis in a fraction of the time.
Industry-leading technologies for routine applications
This same focus on performance extends to a line-up of new Thermo Scientific chromatography instruments and consumables that are designed for routine analytical testing in applications such as food safety and environmental analysis, where accuracy, robustness and lifecycle costs are critical to customers. The new TSQ Quantum™ XLS gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) system features the innovative DuraBrite™ IRIS high-sensitivity ion source to offer better sensitivity for quantitative GC triple quadrupole analyses. When combined with the new TraceGOLD columns, the instrument delivers outstanding analytical performance.
The new Thermo Scientific Accela 1250 quaternary pump dramatically improves separation for complex mixtures, such as red wine, for dramatically improved speed and accuracy during ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography (U-HPLC) analysis. The Accela 1250™ features Force Feedback Control (FFC) and sets a new standard by eliminating the need for pulse dampening while maximizing flow accuracy and gradient precision under extreme operating conditions.
To measure chemical samples faster and with more confidence, Thermo Fisher provides two new additions to its molecular spectroscopy portfolio. The Thermo Scientific Evolution Array UV-Visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometer uses advanced photodiode array (PDA) technology to provide simultaneous detection of all wavelengths throughout the ultraviolet and visible regions of the spectrum. The Thermo Scientific Lumina fluorescence spectrometer offers twice the resolution power of competitive instruments while increased sensitivity provides lower detection limits. Thermo Fisher delivers a new level of clarity in fluorescence measurement by reducing noise and providing more consistent baseline analysis.
The new Thermo Scientific benchtop photometric analyzer, Gallery™, addresses a wide range of routine applications, including quality control, food and beverage analysis, and water and environmental testing. The conveniently sized instrument is fully automated to accelerate analysis and improve performance for colorimetric, enzymatic and electrochemical measurements.
Driving laboratory and enterprise productivity
For 2010, the company is announcing a significant innovation in its suite of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) software. The new Web-based Thermo Scientific LIMS-on-Demand™ offers flexibility and ease-of-use, helping organizations replace inefficient, error-prone manual processes with an automated data management solution. Customers can create workflows, map sample lifecycles and generate automatic updates from any standard Internet connection while providing users with rapid access to up-to-the-minute data and information.
According to Vance Lemmon, PhD, University of Miami, the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, “Our research requires attention to detail, documenting what we do, and using our funds and resources as effectively as possible. The ability to use a fully functional LIMS-on-demand through a secure Internet portal from any of our computers relieves our team of the burden of maintaining the LIMS and makes access to the LIMS much easier. As a result, we will be able to focus on our mission of discovering genes and drugs that can help promote regeneration.”
LIMS-on-Demand access provides a more flexible alternative to conventional LIMS so organizations can more easily and cost-effectively realize the benefits of improved technology at a pace that is consistent with their needs. For the cost of a monthly subscription fee, a laboratory can easily, affordably and securely access a fully functional, validated solution through a standard Web browser.
Thermo Fisher Scientific also provides a complete line of Thermo Scientific laboratory workstations, fume hoods, and accessories that improve laboratory efficiency and safety. New Hamilton™ Infinity™ and Hamilton™ Advantage™ fume hoods are highly ergonomic, with advanced safety and energy-saving features that make them ideal for virtually any laboratory. Both models feature “directed air technology” to enhance fume hood performance. The Infinity series features GreenFumeHood™ technology to essentially eliminate atmospheric pollution from the exhaust, minimizing associated building infrastructure and dramatically reducing energy consumption.
Fast and Accurate Analysis in the Field
Laboratory-quality elemental analysis in a handheld instrument is the hallmark of the Thermo Scientific Niton analyzer portfolio. The new Niton™ XL2 series continues the tradition of providing the industry’s most capable handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers designed for taking measurements anywhere and at any time, with accurate results available in seconds. XRF technology has been used extensively to identify sources of lead at ports and borders and is increasingly being used to identify toxic elements, including cadmium, in a variety of consumer products such as toys and jewelry.
Thermo Fisher Scientific recently completed the acquisition of a leading provider of handheld chemical analyzers, Ahura Scientific, expanding the Thermo Scientific portfolio of handheld analyzers to include non-destructive, field-based identification of solid and liquid chemicals. Using Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectroscopy technologies in a portable, rugged and easy-to-use form, these chemical and explosives identification products are deployed worldwide by U.S. and foreign military organizations, national and regional law enforcement agencies, hazmat teams and pharmaceutical companies.
The company has also expanded its range of water analysis instruments. Among the new products available is the Thermo Scientific Orion RDO BOD STAR bench meter and probe for EPA-approved, stir-free, optical dissolved oxygen measurements. Thermo Scientific Orion products are recognized worldwide for quality and accuracy, serving markets such as environmental, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and general laboratory equipment.
Source: Thermo Fisher (press release)
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