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Waters Introduces New Product Line of Traceable, Certified Analytical Standards and Reagents

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Waters Corporation has launched a new product line of analytical standards and reagents consisting of an initial portfolio of more than 200 pre-formulated reference materials and reagents for the scientific laboratory.

Waters® Analytical Standards and Reagents respond to the needs of laboratories to enhance productivity, support globalization, stimulate business growth, and strengthen compliance.

Waters will manufacture its standards and reagents at a newly-built facility in Golden, Colorado.

From small-molecule, single-component standards to protein digest and glycan standards, Waters Analytical Standards and Reagents are now immediately available on a worldwide basis.

Over time the company will continue to add new products to its portfolio in response to customer demands.

“For validated LC and LC/MS analyses, standards and reagents play a vital role in achieving optimal performance and compliance. They must be formulated from pure starting materials, mixed appropriately, analyzed for stability, and documented correctly,” said Mike Yelle, Senior Director, Chemistry Commercial Operations, Waters Division.

Yelle continued, “We surveyed hundreds of scientists and we found that many, if not most, laboratories today prepare standards by hand from raw chemicals bought from a host of outside suppliers. Truth be told, laboratories no longer want to be in this business. Their business is not making standards; it is making measurements and new discoveries. That’s why we are making analytical standards and reagents our business.”

Analytical standards and reagents are important for the proper calibration, control, qualification and assessment of analytical or preparative LC, SFC or LC/MS systems.

For organizations operating a global network of laboratories, maintaining a consistent level of quality is vitally important from analysis to analysis, instrument to instrument, and from laboratory to laboratory.

For data comparability and defensibility, the ability to repeatedly prepare reference materials identically over long periods is critical, which is why Waters manufactures its standards and reagent to exacting specifications.

A hallmark of Waters standards and reagents is absolute traceability. In order to be true, the properties of the measurement must be directly linked to a source reference material through an unambiguous, unbroken and fully documented chain of comparisons.

As a qualified, single-source provider of certified and ready-to-use standards and reagents, Waters can help laboratories:

•Relieve staff of tedious and unproductive manual labor
•Free up staff for more value-added activities
•Tighten inventory control/control operating costs
•Minimize waste and environmental impact
•Streamline workflow/make operations leaner/adopt more consistent measures of producing test results
•More easily evaluate the quality of analytical measurements
•Increase confidence in the accuracy and quality of analytical measurements by eliminating standards and reagents as a potential source of erroneous results
•Comply with stricter regulations
•Improve turn-around times for analytical results

Waters’ years of experience manufacturing standards and reagents for its own customers dates back many years.

Waters ownership and control of every step of the manufacturing process promotes consistent product performance batch-to-batch, month-to-month and year-to-year, helping to ensure that any analytical method developed today will continue to work for the lifetime of the product it supports.

Waters analytical standards and reagents allow Waters to fulfill its mission as a provider of end-to-end system solutions bringing the best in instrumentation, informatics, column chemistries and now, standard and reagents to every analytical measurement.