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Agilent Technologies Offers FT-IR Solutions for Biomedical and Biological Analysis

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Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced Fourier Transform-Infra Red (FT-IR) solutions for biomedical and biological applications that reduce analysis times and reveal more detailed information about biomedical and biological samples, the company says.

FT-IR spectroscopy is an emerging tool in life sciences. Applications range from new drug development to the study of diseased tissues. The new solutions feature Varian’s 600-IR Series spectrometers and microscopes, software and accessories.

Varian’s FT-IR systems are designed to offer the high energy throughput and deliver the detailed chemical information. Varian’s 620-IR microscope are claimed by Agilent to provide the most sensitive and fastest chemical imaging solution in the industry.

The 620-IR is developed for users that need to investigate large tissues samples and have very little time to prepare those samples. The 620-IR makes visible what other systems cannot detect, and does it in a fraction of the time.

“The accuracy, high spatial resolution and reproducibility of the Varian FT-IR system provides an excellent tool for analyzing large tissue samples,” said Dr. Peter Gardner, senior lecturer, The University of Manchester, U.K. “The Varian 620-IR has enabled my group to collect data on prostate tissue samples in minutes instead of hours, enabling us to rapidly progress our research within the past six months.”

FT-IR analysis can complement or replace other techniques allowing investigators to:

• study drug uptake through membranes using attenuated total reflectance chemical imaging;

• characterize biological changes on a nanosecond time scale;

• identify and characterize unknown protein samples in seconds;

• investigate the chemical makeup of live cells and probe their response in aqueous environments; and

• monitor and optimize microbial fermentation processes to increase production efficiency.

“Varian FT-IR spectrometers and microscopes help life-science researchers gather high-resolution chemical information about biological samples and processes in a minimal amount of time,” said Phil Binns, general manager, Spectroscopy Products, Agilent Technologies. “Our software and accessories extend the utility of FT-IR to analyses that would be impossible or impractical with other methods.”