Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies (NASDAQ:LIFE), and its mass spectrometry joint-venture partner, MDS Analytical Technologies, a business unit of MDS Inc. (TSX:MDS) (NYSE:MDZ), today announced that the SCIEX QTRAP® 5500 System, a unique, next-generation mass spectrometer, has received the Scientists' Choice Award for Best New Spectroscopy Product by SelectScience.net, a leading online resource for applied chemists, clinical chemists and life scientists. This award was based on the results of an independent poll of more than 25,000 scientists, who were asked to nominate and vote for their favorite new spectroscopy products.
The SCIEX QTRAP 5500 System is the only system on the market that combines qualitative and quantitative analysis capabilities in a single system. This uniquely enables scientists to identifyand confirm a greater number of compounds, proteins and contaminants in a single analysis, rather than having to utilize two different technologies to achieve the same results. This system was developed as a powerful tool for the increasing number of scientists who are adopting mass spectrometry for a wide variety of laboratory applications, such as drug discovery, food testing, environmental analysis and the study of diseases.
"SelectScience is honored to present Applied Biosystems/MDS Analytical Technologies with the Scientists' Choice Award for Best New Spectroscopy Product of 2008," said Kerry Parker, Editor of SelectScience.net. "This new system clearly has captured the imagination of the scientific community as evidenced by its tremendous popularity in such a brief period on the market. The Scientists' Choice Award provides a unique channel for the online community to voice opinions, and provide feedback to manufacturers, about which new products have significantly contributed towards laboratory research efforts."
The SCIEX 5500 System, which was launched in October of last year, is the newest addition to the comprehensive portfolio of industry-leading LC/MS/MS mass spectrometry systems, software and workflow applications from Applied Biosystems/MDS Analytical Technologies. For qualitative analysis, this system features a new innovation in ion trap technology known as Linear AcceleratorTM Trap, which is combined with industry-leading triple quadrupole capabilities used for quantitative analysis to create an innovative, one-of-a-kind system. "Scientists are seeking best-in-class mass spectrometry solutions to help drive new discoveries and improve health and safety," said Laura Lauman, President of Life Technologies' Mass Spectrometry Systems Division. "The Scientists' Choice Award for the SCIEX QTRAP 5500 System confirms that we have once again set a new standard for mass spectrometry instruments and that the scientific community is quickly embracing this unique technology." Andy Boorn, President of MDS Analytical Technologies, which developed the award-winning instrument, added: "The SCIEX QTRAP 5500 System is one of the most advanced mass spectrometry systems ever built. We designed it based upon feedback from the scientific community regarding what they needed a next-generation mass spectrometry platform to achieve; therefore, this award validates our approach to developing breakthrough technologies that are truly differentiated from other available systems."
Applied Biosystems is a global leader in providing innovative instrument systems to accelerate academic and clinical research, drug discovery and development, pathogen detection and forensic DNA analysis. It is a leading provider of mass spectrometry solutions through its joint venture with MDS Analytical Technologies. Applied Biosystems, along with Invitrogen - a leading provider of platform independent, essential life science technologies for disease and drug research, bioproduction and diagnostics - is part of Life Technologies. Applied Biosystems and Invitrogen products are used in nearly every major laboratory in the world.
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About Applied Biosystems Products
Applied Biosystems is a global leader in providing innovative instrument systems to accelerate academic and clinical research, drug discovery and development, pathogen detection and forensic DNA analysis. Applied Biosystems, along with Invitrogen - a leading provider of platform independent, essential life science technologies for disease and drug research, bioproduction and diagnostics - is part of Life Technologies. Applied Biosystems and Invitrogen products are used in nearly every major laboratory in the world. For more information, please visit: www.appliedbiosystems.com and www.invitrogen.com.
About Life Technologies
Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:LIFE) is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. Our systems, consumables and services enable researchers to accelerate scientific exploration, driving to discoveries and developments that make life even better. Life Technologies customers do their work across the biological spectrum, working to advance personalized medicine, regenerative science, molecular diagnostics, agricultural and environmental research, and 21st century forensics. Life Technologies had sales of more than $3 billion in 2008, employs approximately 9,500 people, has a presence in more than 100 countries, and possesses a rapidly growing intellectual property estate of approximately 3,600 patents and exclusive licenses. Life Technologies was created by the combination of Invitrogen Corporation and Applied Biosystems Inc. For more information on how we are making a difference please visit our website: www.lifetechnologies.com.
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