World Congress on Biosensors 2014

World Congress on Biosensors 2014
Biosensors 2014

Friday, 29 April 2011

Thermo Fisher Scientific FT-IR Spectrometer Named Scientists’ Choice Winner for Best New Spectroscopy Product of 2010

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has announced that its Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS5 FT-IR spectrometer received a 2011 Scientists’ Choice Award for Best New Spectroscopy Product of 2010. The award, voted on by scientists, recognizes the no-compromise, affordable and compact FT-IR spectroscopy capabilities of the rugged instrument. For more information on the award, please see

The Nicolet iS5 combines flexible sample handling with Thermo Scientific OMNIC software to deliver the ideal FT-IR solution for manufacturers, forensic laboratories and chemistry classrooms. The instrument, which provides performance comparable to larger sized spectrometers, is used for product assurance testing, basic troubleshooting and chemistry teaching.

This year, more than 35,000 members of the web community were invited to nominate their favorite general lab, separations and spectroscopy products. The most popular nominated products were then voted on by scientists. The Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS5 received approximately one quarter of the votes and was selected as winner from among eight final nominations. The award ceremony took place at Pittcon 2011 in Atlanta.

“It is a great honor for our Nicolet iS5 to be nominated by its users, and I congratulate the FT-IR and IR microscopy teams in Madison, Wisconsin for delivering such a reliable, robust and high-performance spectrometer,” said Brian Davies, vice president and general manager of molecular spectroscopy and microanalysis, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “The spectrometer’s reasonable price, compact size and superior ease-of-use make this technology more accessible, even to non FT-IR specialists.”

The Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS5 establishes a new benchmark in small-footprint FT-IR spectroscopy. The instrument features an open-architecture sample compartment that accepts a wide variety of sampling accessories. The award winning Thermo Scientific OMNIC software, widely adopted by major industrial manufacturers and forensic laboratories around the world, provides the spectrometer with flexibility to address many challenging applications. The Nicolet iS5 is the ideal solution for raw materials, impurities and mixtures identification, creating a unique user experience “from sample-in to answer-out.”

For more information about the Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS5 spectrometer, please call 1-800-532-4752, e-mail or visit

High Throughput Integrated Automation Platforms

Agilent Automation Solutions has announced new accessories for its BioCel System that deliver increased productivity, accessibility, and configuration flexibility.

The new accessories for the BioCel System include the Agilent Labware MiniHub for presenting and storing SBS-format labware, a removable plate hotel, sliding shelves for devices up to 80 pounds, and a new ultra high speed incubator.
The new accessibility features for the BioCel System enable easier maintenance and offline use of devices. They also provide increased mobility and flexibility that permits you to rapidly re-configure robotic platforms to your assay needs.

The Agilent BioCel System automates any microplate-based protocol providing maximum walk-away time and throughput, all in the most compact design. With modular cells, options for various enclosures, and environmental control, BioCel Systems can be tailored to meet individual needs. Operated by Agilent VWorks software, the most flexible and efficient scheduling software available, BioCel Systems deliver the longest walk away time and throughput of any integrated system.

For further information on a high throughput integrated platform to meet your laboratory's needs contact your local Agilent sales office.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Trace Moisture Standards in Reactive Gases

Span Pac™ H2O-R Moisture Standards Generators create known calibration standards of trace moisture in reactive gases such as chlorine and HCL. These systems use Trace Source™ permeation tubes to dynamically add a known amount of water vapor to a flow of dried reactive matrix gas. 

Concentrations from < 10ppb to over 100ppm are possible by selecting suitable permeation tubes. At any concentration level, multi-point calibrations over a 400:1 range are easily achieved.

The Span Pac™ H2O-R method is based on the standard additions technique.  A small flow of dry inert gas flows over the Trace Source™ permeation tube to create a base moisture standard.  A variable portion of the base mixture is added to a flow of the reactive gas to form the calibration standard.  Calibration is based on the change in concentration due to addition of moisture from the Trace Source™ permeation tube. This method compensates for residual moisture in the dry matrix gas.  Mixture concentrations are traceable to NIST through physical standards.

Applications include on site moisture monitor calibration and production of controlled atmosphere for catalysis studies, corrosion rate studies and filter capacity tests.

For more information, please write or call:  KIN-TEK Laboratories, Inc., 504 Laurel, La Marque, TX  77568, Phone:  (409) 938-3627, Fax: (409) 938-3710,,  email:

Superior Performance from an "Elite" Syringe Pump

Harvard Apparatus, the world leader in syringe pumps, has just released the NEW Pump 11 Elite Series with expanded capabilities to meet the challenges of your research applications.
  • Unparalleled ease-of-use with a high resolution LCD color touch screen and intuitive icon interface
  • Easily create, save and run simple to complex methods without a PC
  • Smooth and accurate flows from 1.28 pl/min to 88.28 ml/min
  • Optimize bench space and reduce experimental dead volume with vertical orientation
  • Download methods to your pump or email to peers
  • Upgrade new versions of software remotely via USB connection
Superior performance and legendary reliability are what Harvard Apparatus pumps are known for.  The Pump 11 Elite Series carries on the tradition as the premiere workhorse infusion pump with a combination of durable design and high performance fluidics.  The Pump 11 Elite Series is available in standard and remote configurations suitable for a wide variety of applications.
For complete specifications on these new pumps, go to or contact our Technical Support Department at

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

AMSBIO Announces US Office

AMSBIO has announced, as of 31st March 2011, the opening of a new North American subsidiary company - AMSBIO LLC**.

After successfully selling innovative life science technologies, biotools and services directly to North American researchers, the new office will be a fully integrated entity supporting the AMSBIO product line with a dedicated sales and service facility in Orange County, California.

Commenting on this strategic move, Alex Sim (President, AMSBIO) said 'The US is the single largest market for our stem cell and regenerative medicine, lentivirus as well as tissue derived products and our North American customer base has been growing strongly over recent years'.  He added 'In addition to providing local service and support for our US customers the new facilities will be able to offer next day delivery from a comprehensive inventory of popular products.

AMSBIO will be exhibiting in April at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Orlando, and in May 2011 at the American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Founded in 1987, AMS Biotechnology (AMSBIO) is recognized as a leading international provider of unique & innovative products & custom services for life sciences research. The AMSBIO range includes over 43,000 polyclonal & monoclonal antibodies, peptides, recombinant proteins, extracellular matrix, molecular detection reagents, & and includes Zymolyase, RNA Stat-60 and Alvetex.  Key research areas include: apoptosis, cell invasion & migration, cell signaling, DNA damage, electrophoresis, glycobiology, posttranslational modification & stem cell biology.

For further information visit or contact AMSBIO on +44-1235-828200 / +1-949-768-8365 or email

Thermo Fisher Scientific Develops New Method for High Purity Aluminum Analysis Using Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has announced the availability of a new application note that describes how to use the unique capabilities of the Thermo Scientific ELEMENT GD glow discharge mass spectrometer to accurately and efficiently characterize high purity aluminum. The ELEMENT GD is a powerful and sensitive tool that precisely determines ultra-trace impurities in solid samples with minimal sample preparation, which lowers the risk of contamination. The new application note, entitled “High Purity Aluminum Analysis by Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry” is available to download free-of-charge via

Aluminum of 5N or 6N grade, especially with very low alpha emitters (U, Th) content, is widely used in specialty electronic and chemical applications. Performing analytical characterization of 5N or higher aluminum is challenging, however, since very low detection limits are required for the majority of elements. Compared to other metals, aluminum requires a high discharge current to achieve matrix signals on the order of 1010 cps in medium resolution. Such a level is necessary to achieve sub-ppb detection limits during analyses. The Thermo Scientific ELEMENT GD effectively addresses these challenges, enabling analysts to routinely achieve ultra-low detection limits directly in aluminum, even below parts per billion. Featuring a high-powered DC glow-discharge source, the system is designed to ensure stable discharge conditions throughout the analytical cycle.

Experimental results demonstrate that, owing to its extreme sensitivity, the Thermo Scientific ELEMENT GD can accurately specify impurities in aluminium at concentrations less than 1 ppb. Equipped with a fast-flow DC glow-discharge source, the system provides high sputter rates and sensitivity. In addition, the sector field mass analyzer used in the system provides high mass accuracy and precision, providing highly efficient measurement of the elements of interest. Another key advantage is that sample throughput is approximately three samples per hour for the determination of 70 elements at concentrations close to the detection limit. This throughput is about five times faster than that achieved with previously available GD-MS instrumentation.

The new application note provides a detailed overview of the analytical process followed in order to characterize aluminum using the ELEMENT GD, including sample preparation, instrument settings, calibration conditions and method development.

For more information about the ELEMENT GD or to obtain the application note, please call 1-800-532-4752, e-mail or visit

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Just Published: Journal of Chromatography A

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

Thermo Fisher Scientific Simplifies Water, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance and Transforms Process Efficiencies at Nova Biologicals

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has announced that Nova Biologicals, one of the nation’s largest providers of laboratory testing and consultancy services to the water, environmental, medical device and pharmaceutical industries, has implemented an integrated Thermo Scientific LIMS (laboratory information management system) and NextDocs DMS (document management system) solution. The solution automates time-consuming, paper-based laboratory data management processes, ensures compliance with stringent industry regulations and enables it to deliver premier customer service. The comprehensive solution demonstrates Thermo Fisher’s ability to provide customers with the most comprehensive Informatics offerings that solve the industries ever-growing and expanding needs. To download the detailed Nova Biologicals case study, please visit
“Our mission is to deliver value to our customers by minimizing risk, increasing efficiencies and validating and improving their products through Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), regulatory compliance and laboratory data management,” said Dr. Pearce, CEO and founder of Nova.

In the wake of more stringent regulations for environmental testing introduced by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recent years, Nova required stronger compliance through record keeping, demonstration of capability (DOC), document control, reagent and standard traceability and reporting. Because its manual, paper-based system could no longer support this, Nova selected Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS integrated with the NextDocs DMS. In addition to more efficiently meeting industry regulations, the company can now serve their customers more effectively.
Nova offers comprehensive diagnostic testing for the presence of infectious disease organisms, processing around 10,000 water samples each month to ensure compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). In addition to helping Nova comply with regulatory requirements, Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS has also improved laboratory efficiencies and sample throughput, delivering significant cost and time savings in Nova’s laboratory by automating previously lengthy, manual document management processes. Dr. Pearce comments, “We are delighted with the tangible benefits that the new solution has delivered, including significant cost and time savings. Since its introduction into our laboratory, the SampleManager and NextDocs DMS solution has been instrumental in helping Nova maintain its NELAC accreditation in the state of Texas. The solution has also refined work processes and improved reporting to customers in terms of both quality and speed.”

Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS is offered in combination with NextDocs DMS, creating a fully-integrated and highly configurable solution. Thermo Fisher Scientific is well-positioned, via Thermo Scientific CONNECTS, to offer the most comprehensive Informatics solutions for laboratories consisting of a combination of Thermo Scientific instruments, LIMS and chromatography data management (CDS) software and services. The company also partners with technology leaders to extend its Informatics capabilities, working with well-known companies such as Microsoft and SAP and with leading solutions such as NextDocs’s Document Management System and Accelerys’s Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN).

“By integrating Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS with NextDocs DMS, we are able to create a more comprehensive, personalized, seamless solution that works better together, offering greater benefit to our customers,” said Dave Champagne, vice president and general manager, Informatics at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
To download the detailed Nova Biologicals case study, please visit For more information about Thermo Scientific Informatics solutions, please call +1 866-463-6522 (US), +44 161 942 3000 (Intl), e-mail or visit

Monday, 25 April 2011

Small Footprint Automated Liquid Handling System

An informative online video from Agilent Automation Solutions demonstrates its fast, small footprint, Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform in action, together with a wide range of accessories.

Streamed from the Agilent website* the video demonstrates how the Bravo™ Liquid Handling Platform delivers unmatched speed and versatility in a small footprint. Its space-saving nine plate-position footprint has been designed to fit inside a standard laminar flow hood, enabling automated liquid handling for cell-based assays or hazardous reagent handling. The Bravo uses high-accuracy pipette heads for dispensing from 100 nl to 200 ul in 96, 384, and 1536 well formats or to a single column or row of any of these plate types.  Pipette heads can be changed in minutes, and numerous platepad options are available to enable a wide range of assays.  In addition the uniquely open design of the Bravo platform permits access from all sides for simple integration with other devices and unencumbered standalone use. The Bravo is designed for high reliability and durability, performing consistently while providing industry leading speed and precision.

The Bravo platform is powered by VWorks Automation Control software with its outstanding event driven scheduler, easy-to-use interface, and innovative error recovery technology, ensuring complete control is easy for all levels of operators.

Typical applications served by the Bravo platform include compound distribution, assay plate preparation, microplate replication, library reformatting, reagent addition, serial dilutions, DNA extraction as well as cell assays and screening.

For further information on the Bravo please contact your local Agilent sales office.

Friday, 22 April 2011

International Congress on Applied Mineralogy

Registration is now OPEN to the 10th International Congress on Applied Mineralogy. Please find attached the 2nd circular which provides you with an overview of the technical sessions, pre-congress workshops, post-congress excursions and social events.  The early registration fee deadline is 15 May 2011.
Welcome to Trondheim, Norway August 1-5 2011.

Pulse Discharge Detector

VICI’s Pulsed Discharge helium ionization Detector (PDD) extends the detection   capabilities of the popular Agilent 6890 and new 7890 GCs.  The basic operating mode of the PDD can replace virtually any of the detectors currently used by GC manufacturers.

Pulsed discharge detector Model D-3 is designed for plug-and-play installation on Agilent GCs, with models available for the 6890 and 7890. The D-3 is optimized for trace level work in the helium photoionization mode, and utilizes the electronics and power supply of the host GC. The system includes detector cell, pulser, and FID board, plus standard and mini helium purifiers to provide the best possible sensitivity.  It is suitable for use with columns from 50 micron capillaries to 1/8” packed.

The PDD is non-radioactive, non-destructive, highly sensitive and universal.  Response is linear over a wide range, and MDQs for most compounds are in the low ppb range.  With no open flame, no hydrogen requirement and close-to-true-mass response, the PDD is the ideal upgrade for FIDs in petrochemical environments.  When the helium discharge gas is doped with a suitable noble gas, the detector functions as a lampless, windowless photoionization detector.

For more information:  Valco Instruments Co., Inc.   P. O. Box 55603, Houston, Texas  77255;  Phone:  (800) 367-8424;   Fax:  (713) 688-3948; Web:;

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Just Published: Journal of Chromatography B

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

Thermo Fisher Scientific Unveils Breakthrough Research Method for the Detection and Absolute Quantification of Metabolites using GC-MS/MS-MRM Technology

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has announced an innovative new method for the detection and absolute quantification of metabolites based on the Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantum XLS in multiple reaction mode (MRM). Using this advanced triple stage quadrupole GC-MS/MS-MRM technology, scientists are now able to conduct both discovery phase analysis and selective identification and quantification analysis with a single instrument. The high sensitivity and selectivity of the method enables scientists to effectively study plant metabolism and perform phytohormone profiling. The new method is detailed in an application note entitled “Metabolomics strategies using GC-MS/MS technology,” available to download via

Success in metabolomics, a relatively new area of study that observes the unique chemical fingerprints that cellular processes leave behind, is heavily influenced by the capabilities of analytical instrumentation. This is largely due to the physio-chemical diversity of biological small molecules. Varied and flexible analytical strategies such as GC-MS, LC-MS & MS/MS are therefore essential and often need to be combined. Analysis of low concentration endogenous metabolites in complex biological samples is often challenging due to the chromatographic co-elution of different components. The use of LC or GC-MS/MS strategies is necessary to improve the selectivity of targeted metabolomics assays.

The TSQ Quantum XLS extends the market-leading range of Thermo Scientific mass spectrometry solutions for metabolomics applications, delivering the necessary mass accuracy, resolution and speed required to provide sensitive, high quality quantitation in metabolomics studies. The ability to use a single instrument when performing both the screening and quantitation of metabolites not only accelerates the process, thereby increasing throughput, but also provides optimized reproducibility in fragmentation pattern, peak intensities and mass accuracies. In addition, compounds which typically cannot be separated through gas chromatography can be separated using compound-specific MRM transitions in a single run.  

The TSQ Quantum XLS features the innovative Thermo Scientific DuraBrite IRIS ion source, which ensures high sensitivity in the low femtogram range, excellent quantitative precision at trace levels and uninterrupted operation for increased productivity. In addition to offering maximum precision, sensitivity and laboratory productivity for quantitative GC-MS analysis, the TSQ Quantum XLS offers the unique ability to combine full scan MS analyses of metabolites and targeted analysis. Using the TSQ Quantum XLS, metabolome coverage can be achieved with accurate and selective identification and quantification, while achieving high sample throughput.

For more information about the Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantum XLS triple quadrupole GC-MS, please call 1-800-532-4752, e-mail or visit

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

4th generation of the world's most powerful multimode inlet

ATAS GL is happy to introduce you the new OPTIC-4 multimode inlet for gas chromatography.
The patented low thermal mass design of the inlet body together with direct resistive heating provide fast linear temperature programming up to 600 °C at rates as high as 60 °C/s. In addition to standard sampling modes, the programmable inlet can operate effectively as Large Volume Injection, Pyrolysis or Thermal Desorption sample introduction device. With the options for sub-ambient cooling, cryogenic trapping and automated liner exchange, OPTIC-4 is the world's most versatile inlet for Gas Chromatography.

Evaluation of comprehensive on-line liquid chromatography thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for characterization of sulfonated lignins.
Sulfonated lignins, used as dispersants in agrochemical formulations, have been characterized by hyphenation of ion-pair RPLC and thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation-GC-MC (THM-GC-MS). The chemical structure of a series of selected lignins was evaluated, both in terms of overall composition and in terms of composition as a function of molecular size. Some sulfonated lignins give rise to unstable formulations. In the compositional analysis, these samples were found to yield additional fragments. A newly developed comprehensive method made it possible to monitor the occurrence of these fragments as a function of molecular size. In addition to differences in the molecular size between "good" and "bad" batches, clear differences in chemical composition were established.

For more information visit:

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Just Published: Analytica Chimica Acta

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

The Gateway - A new online resource from Perkin Elmer

The Gateway is an online community and educational resource for all laboratory and scientific professionals. The Gateway is available 24/7, 365 days a year. During your visit, you can expect the following:
  • New applications, webcasts and solutions with experts online to answer any questions you may have.*
  • Informative webcasts by industry experts, followed by live chats in our Scientists' Cafe.*
  • New products, services, consumables and technologies featured in our Technology Expo.
  • Market relevant information in our Safety & Security, Environmental, Pharmaceutical and Energy labs.
  • Ability to chat one-on-one with product and sales specialists.*
  • Library of application notes, case studies, webcasts and more.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Just Published: Vibrational Spectroscopy

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

Rapid Freezing of Tissue Samples

SP Scientific has launched the HistoChill™ - a new low temperature, mechanically refrigerated bath for the rapid freezing of tissue samples in Histology and Pathology Labs as well as other disciplines.

Operating down to -80°C, without the need for hazardous and costly expendable refrigerants, the compact tabletop HistoChill freezes tissues in just seconds increasing your lab throughput.  Using a liquid medium, the HistoChill rapidly and thoroughly freezes samples minimizing ice crystal formation compared with the slow freezing rates encountered in a cryotome.

Frost build-up is minimized while introducing and extracting samples from the bath through integration of a warming loop on the upper outside wall of the refrigeration chamber.  A hinged and insulated lid provides easy access to the bath.

The HistoChill is available in two configurations: the basic HistoChill for general freezing applications and the advanced model with built-in magnetic stirrer and temperature control for more demanding tissue specific or R&D applications. The advanced model includes digital set point and temperature indication.

For further information please visit
  or contact SP Scientific on +1.845.255.5000 (+44-1473-240000 in Europe) / email  

Friday, 15 April 2011

Just Published: Journal of Chromatography A

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

New 96-Channel Handheld Electronic Pipette

The INTEGRA VIAFLO 96 is a new 96-channel electronic pipette that enables fast, precise and easy simultaneous transfer of 96 samples.

The VIAFLO 96 has been designed to be used just like a standard handheld pipette. Therefore, no special skills or training are required to operate it. The VIAFLO 96 features the company's popular Touch Wheel™ pipette user interface enabling simple and fast programming of a wide range of pipetting modes including repeat dispense, serial dilute and sample dilute.

Customers will immediately benefit from the increased productivity delivered by their VIAFLO 96.   Fast replication or reformatting of 96 and 384 well plates and high precision transferring of reagents, compounds and solutions to or from microplates is now as easy as pipetting with a standard electronic pipette into a single tube.

Four pipetting heads with pipetting volumes up to 12.5 µl, 125 µl, 300 µl or 1250 µl are available for the VIAFLO 96. These pipetting heads are interchangeable within seconds enabling optimal matching of the available volume range to the application performed.

The VIAFLO 96 uses VIAFLO GripTips which provide a perfect seal every time and won't fall off during use. These tips can also be used for other VIAFLO electronic pipettes.

The unique combination of features provided by the VIAFLO 96 will not only increase your productivity but also facilitate accurate delivery of liquids to target vessels, reduce cross contamination, lower operating fatigue and provide consistent results.

For further information on the new VIAFLO 96 please contact INTEGRA Biosciences either in Switzerland on telephone +41-81-286-9530 or by email or in the USA on telephone +1-603-578-5800 or by email

INTEGRA ( is a leading provider of high-quality laboratory tools for liquid handling, media preparation, sterilization and cell cultivation. The company committed to creating innovative solutions which fulfill the needs of our customers in research, diagnostics and quality control within the life science markets and medical industry. The INTEGRA group, comprising INTEGRA Biosciences AG, Zizers, Switzerland and the INTEGRA Biosciences US, Hudson, NH, maintains a worldwide network of over 90 independent highly trained distribution partners.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Just Published: Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

Personal Evaporator for HPLC Sample Preparation

The MiniVap™ Blowdown Evaporator from Porvair Sciences takes just minutes to remove volatile organic solvents from your HPLC fractions collected in 24- or 96-well microplates.

Compact in design the affordably priced MiniVap™ is simple to install, operate and maintain.  Installation just requires connection to a gas supply and standard mains socket.  Safety of operation is ensured as the CE marked compact unit fits into all fume cupboards. 

Incorporating advanced evaporator head technology which directly injects heated nitrogen into each well of a microplate simultaneously, the MiniVap removes the traditional laboratory 'bottleneck' of solvent evaporation from HPLC fractions.

For further information on the MiniVap™ please contact Porvair Sciences Ltd. on telephone +44-1372-824290 or email

Established in 1992, Porvair Sciences Ltd. expertise in microplate technology and manufacturing covers scientific fields including Life Sciences, Drug Discovery, Combinatorial Chemistry, Solid Phase Extraction, Protein Purification, High Throughput Screening, Proteomics and Genomics.  Porvair Sciences Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porvair plc. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Expert Witness Laboratory Analytical Service

Warwick Analytical Service, the analytical division of Exeter Analytical (UK) Ltd, has announced the launch of their new "Expert Witness Service".

Drawing upon a wide range of analytical instrumentation and experienced qualified staff, operating under strict ISO 9001 and UKAS 17025 conditions, Warwick are able to deliver accurate, precise and reliable sample analysis in support of substance identification backed by technical consultancy and signed witness statements.

Warwick will advise on the most suitable methods to meet your needs and deliver an excellent quality service with a fast turnaround time providing data and expertise to a standard admissible in court.

Warwick Analytical Service is a company dedicated to providing analytical excellence at a realistic cost. Through experienced staff, the latest analytical instrumentation and working closely with clients - WAS has established a strong reputation for informed personal service and delivering top quality data on time.
For further information on Expert Witness Laboratory Analytical Services please contact Warwick Analytical Service on tel. +44 (0)2476 323 223 or email

Ken Sommerville joins as Midwestern Regional Account Manager at FOSS NIRSystems, Inc

FOSS NIRSystems Inc. is pleased to announce that Ken Sommerville has joined as our Midwestern Regional Account Manager. In this position, Ken will have sales responsibility for 12 Midwestern states in the US as well as the Province of Ontario, Canada. Ken will be based in Algonquin, Illinois.

Ken comes to us with over 30-years of instrument and industrial products sales experience with major manufacturers. Dr. Philip Irving, President of FOSS NIRSystems, said: “Ken is another great addition to our sales force and will be a major contributor to our continued growth and vitality of FOSS NIRSystems”.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Just Published: Talanta

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XXXVII (CSIXXXVII)

This is to announce the Pre symposium of the Colloquium Spectroscopicum
Internationale XXXVII (CSIXXXVII), to be held at the Fonte Colina Verde Farm
Hotel , in São Pedro, State of São Paulo, Brazil.
Since our childhood we have been listening that one image is worth more than
a 1000 words. Inside this perspective, we are inviting all the community to
share some days with different expertise in life science, instrumentation,
chemometrics and others, to discuss the theme *Imaging techniques and Image
processing*, inside of the CSI Pre-symposium.
*August 24 - 26, 2011*
*Imaging techniques and Image processing*
*April 30, 2011*

Monday, 11 April 2011

2nd International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS! Deadline: 30th April 2011

We have had an excellent response to our call for abstracts and due to unprecedented demand, have decided to extend the deadline for any late submissions.The abstract submission deadline for the 2nd International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology has been extended to 30th April 2011. This conference is being organised by Elsevier, IBST and University of the West of England and will take place in October 2011 in Amsterdam

Invited Speakers:
  • Prof. Marco Mascini
  • Prof. Ingemar Lundström
  • Ian Bell, MEng DIS MIET
  • Dr. Till T. Bachmann
  • Dr. Jeff D. Newmann
The four sessions of the conference will be:
  • Biomarkers
  • Sensor technology
  • Instrumentation and data processing
  • System Integration
For the complete meeting details and to register, visit:

Just Published: Journal of Chromatography B

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

New Software Driver for Analect FTIR spectrometers

Symbion Systems, Inc., a leader in providing analytical instrument control, analysis, and connectivity software,  today announced the release of its SII-AN03 Third Generation Driver for the Applied Instrument Technology’s Analect FTIR spectrometers. The new driver integrates all of the functions of the Analect instruments into the Symbion-DX and RX analytical instrument software suites, providing a comprehensive capability for both laboratory development and on-line chemical process monitoring. The availability of the full range of Symbion functionality broadens the already substantial capability of the Analect FTIR spectrometers by allowing them to operate as autonomous analytical systems provided with complete sample system control, database storage - including store and forward capability - and integral chemometric modeling and prediction.

Symbion-DX and RX provide standardized platforms for controlling a wide range of spectrometers and other analytical instruments. In addition, they feature extensive data manipulation and application development capabilities as well as the ability to communicate with numerous third party programs, and enterprise-wide data systems. In short, Symbion-DX and RX streamline the development of comprehensive analytical methods encompassing instrument and sample system control, data analysis, process trending, database archiving, and reporting to enterprise-wide data systems. Each method is permanently stored in the Symbion database and is under full version control, compliant with 21 CFR Part 11. Once validated, a method can be recalled from the database and downloaded for deployment at multiple instrumentation locations.

About Symbion Systems, Inc.
Symbion Systems, Inc. was founded in 2002 to develop and market standardized instrument control and data management software for the analytical instrument and process analytical industries. The company’s products are employed both by instruments manufacturers for instrument control and data handling and by end-users for integrating diverse functions in laboratory and process installations. In addition, Symbion works closely with its sister company, Axiom Analytical, Inc. to develop and implement comprehensive hardware and software systems for on-line process analysis.

More information about Symbion Systems, Inc. can be found at

Friday, 8 April 2011


22nd Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors
Biosensors 2012 is a three-day event consisting of daily plenary presentations followed by parallel sessions comprising a rigorously refereed selection of submitted papers. In addition to invited lectures, selected oral contributions will be included as extended plenary presentations.
Congress Chair
Prof Anthony P F Turner, Linköping University, Sweden
Speakers include
Christian Amatore, École normale supérieure, France
Wolfgang Knoll,
Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
Man Bock Gu,
Korea University, Republic of Korea
Tom Knight,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Jeong-Woo Choi,
Sogang University, Republic of Korea
Chad Mirkin,
Northwestern University, USA

Submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations by 25 November 2011 on the following topics.

  • Bioelectronics
  • Commercial biosensors, manufacturing and markets
  • DNA chips & nucleic acid sensors
  • Enzyme-based biosensors
  • Immunosensors
  • Lab-on-a-chip
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanobiosensors, nanomaterials & nanoanalytical systems
  • Natural & synthetic receptors
  • Organism- and whole cell-based biosensors
  • Printed biosensors and printed electronics
  • Proteomics, single-cell analysis and electronic noses
  • Signal transduction technology and biological fuel cells
  • Theranostics & Nanotheranostics

For further information please visit:

Just Published: Journal of Chromatography A

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

Fluidigm Access Array Technology Helps Identify Mutations in Leukemia

Fluidigm has announced that MLL Munich Leukemia Laboratory ( has used the company's Access Array™ technology to help  it uncover mutations in over 80 percent of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) patients, providing new insights into the molecular heterogeneity of the disease. MLL researchers applied the unique properties of the Fluidigm Access Array System to prepare the samples and barcode the amplicons for next-generation deep-sequencing using 454 sequencing technology.

In a Letter to the Editor entitled "Molecular profiling of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia reveals diverse mutations in >80% of patients with TET2 and EZH2 being of high prognostic relevance" published in the February 22, 2011 issue of Nature LEUKEMIA ( magazine, researchers found mutations in 81.5 percent of CMML patients providing new insights into the molecular heterogeneity of leukemia.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Oxford Instruments system sales into European LED manufacturing

As the demand for LED lighting increases, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the manufacture of high brightness LEDs. Now, one of the leaders in LED manufacture, the Optogan Group, based in Landshut, Germany, has placed a multi-system order for Oxford Instruments’ etch and deposition systems. These include PlasmaPro™ System133 ICP and PlasmaPro 800Plus RIE etch systems, and a PlasmaPro 800Plus deposition system.

The PlasmaPro System133 process tool offers up to 27 x 2” batch etch capability for GaN on Sapphire wafers, while the PlasmaPro 800Plus tools are a flexible solution for plasma etching and deposition processes on large wafer batches of up to 43 x 2” wafers, in a compact footprint, open-loading system.

The Optogan Group develops and produces HB LEDs for global applications including Solid State Lighting, and has ordered the systems for installation at its high volume production manufacturing line in Landshut.

“We were delighted that Optogan, a leading Europe based LED manufacturer has chosen Oxford Instruments’ etch and deposition production systems for their Landshut facility.” says Mark Vosloo, Sales and Customer Support Director, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, “Optogan has successfully operated one of our Systems for several years, and has now chosen further Oxford Instruments’ production systems for their large batch, high yield and high speed capabilities. As a leading supplier of production equipment to the LED market, we offer customers the advanced technology systems and processes, supported by expert engineers for installation and after care the industry demands.”

Hans-Peter Ehweiner, Managing Director of Optogan GmbH is clear about the company’s choice of supplier, “We have been working with Oxford Instruments’ systems successfully for several years. High throughput, repeatability, and excellent local Customer Support are the key factors to ensuring our strong growth of LED chip manufacturing in Germany.”

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