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Launches, Libraries and Lipid Analyses

In our new regular column, we partner with to let you know what’s going on in the business world of analytical science. June brought with it ASMS 2016, and a resulting onslaught of mass spectrometry innovations – too many to list.

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Sciex announced the QTRAP 6500+ mass spectrometer at ASMS [], as well as the new release of BioPharmaView Software 2.0 [].

Bruker launched the rapifleX MALDI PharmaPulse Solution for uHTS [] and the timsTOF Mass Spectrometer at ASMS [] , as well as the MetaboBASE Personal Library [].

Waters announced the Metabolic Profiling CCS Library [] and the Symphony Data Pipeline Software at ASMS []. It also introduced its Xevo TQ-XS benchtop mass spectrometer in May Waters announced the Metabolic Profiling CCS Library and the Symphony Data Pipeline Software at ASMS. It also introduced its Xevo TQ-XS benchtop mass spectrometer in May.

Dresden-based Lipotype GmbH have started to offer lipid analysis services via a web shop [].


908 Devices and Thermo Fisher have combined ZipChip sample separation with Orbitrap MS systems [].

The University of Geneva and Bruker BioSpin, both based in Switzerland, have jointly developed a new superconductive coil able to reach a magnetic field of 25 Tesla [].

BIA Separations has appointed Nilsan as distributor in India [].

Investments and acquisitions

Thermo Fisher intends to acquire FEI Company for $4.2bn in cash [].

Germany-based Stratec Biomedical has signed an agreement to acquire Sony DADC BioSciences GmbH [based in Salzburg, Austria] for €30m [].

Swiss-based CovalX AG and Biozentrum Basel have received a CHF436k KTI grant from the Swiss government [].

Eurofins has acquired the French food testing firm Agro-Analyses SAS [], the environmental testing laboratory EAC Corp in Japan [], and Exova’s food, water, and pharma testing labs in the UK and Ireland [].

bioMérieux has acquired Hyglos GmbH, a Germany-based company specializing in the detection of endotoxins [].

Management and board appointments

Proteome Sciences has appointed Jeremy Haigh as CEO, citing the growing PS Biomarker Services business as reason to look for a senior figure strongly connected to the pharmaceutical industry and to split the role of Executive Chairman [].

Bruker has appointed Harvard’s Cynthia Friend to its Board of Directors [].

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