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Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex Launches new Line of Chromatography Systems

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Applied Biosystems Group, an Applera Corporation business, together with its joint venture partner MDS Sciex, a division of MDS Inc. have announced the launch of Tempo™ Liquid Chromatography systems, providing integrated front-end solutions for researchers performing LC/MS and LC MALDI-based experiments.

With the introduction of Tempo™ LC systems, Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX will offer complete application-based solutions for proteomics, biomarker, and drug discovery studies.

These end-to-end systems will provide single-vendor LC/MS solutions that include sales, installation, service, and support.

The new product line includes – Tempo™ nano LC system for 1-dimensional nano HPLC, Tempo™ nano MDLC for multi-dimensional HPLC, Tempo™ ht LC system for high throughput micro-flow applications, and Tempo™ LC MALDI Spotting System for MALDI MS.

"Our mass spectrometry customers want reliable, easy-to-use, high performance liquid chromatography systems that integrate seamlessly with their instruments," said Laura Lauman, Division President, Proteomics and Small Molecule Division of Applied Biosystems.

"With Tempo™ LC systems, powered by Eksigent Technologies, Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX is expected to offer and support complete LC/MS systems that make it easy for experts and novices to achieve sensitive, high resolution, and high speed separations for LC/MS applications with significantly reduced solvent consumption."

"These LC systems are a perfect complement to our industry-leading mass spectrometry platforms, and allow us to offer our customers a total system solution," added Andy Boorn, President of MDS Sciex.

The Tempo™ systems have ultra-low dead volumes, fewer moving parts than conventional LC systems, and a direct pumping mechanism with flow rate feedback for each mobile phase.

The Tempo™ LC MALDI Spotting system combines all the advantages of the Tempo™ LC system technology with an innovative electrostatic spotting stage for significantly higher speed, resolution, performance, and sample capacity in LC/MS.

The system enables high performance LC-MALDI workflows in proteomics and metabolism studies with the 4700 and 4800 MALDI TOF/TOF™ Analyzer and the QSTAR™ analyzer with oMALDI™ Source.

It can also be used with other instruments possessing adapters for Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX Opti-TOF™ plates.

The Tempo™ LC MALDI system is expected to be available for shipment in February 2006.