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Agilent Announces Major Lab Software Suite, Fish DNA Analyzer, Food Collaboration, Transportable GC/MSD, and Single Quad LC/MS at Pittcon 2010

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Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the following at Pittcon 2010:
- a major new lab informatics suite;
- a fish species verification lab-on-a-chip system;
- a major food testing lab collaboration;
- a high-performance transportable GC/MSD;
- a high-throughput single quadrupole liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer (LC/MS).

The company also announced a tool to facilitate third-party software control for Agilent LCs: OpenLAB Unified Software Suite.

Agilent’s major new lab informatics suite, the OpenLAB portfolio, is designed to enable customers to capture, analyze and share scientific data throughout the lab and across the enterprise. OpenLAB is scalable, open architecture based on industry open standards.

Agilent OpenLAB consists of three integrated solutions: OpenLAB Chromatography Data System (CDS), OpenLAB Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), and OpenLAB Enterprise Content Manager (ECM).

The system is designed to grow with customers’ needs, from a small standalone analytical lab, through a global network with hundreds of locations. Agilent OpenLAB is instrument-vendor neutral and protects the customers’ investment by providing an easy migration path for their existing systems. Agilent OpenLAB CDS is based on the ChemStation and EZChrom Elite instrument systems, which means customers don’t have to sacrifice familiar workflows to realize OpenLAB’s advantages.

Agilent OpenLAB ELN makes the efficiencies and security of electronic lab notebooks accessible to a wider range of labs, including those doing routine analytical work in fields such as hydrocarbon processing, environmental analysis, pharmaceutical food safety, and forensics.

Agilent OpenLAB ECM is a secure, central repository enabling customers to capture, manage, share, archive, and re-use any data in most file formats. Agilent also introduced the Instrument Control Framework (ICF), a software component making it faster for third-party software to control Agilent liquid chromatography (LC) systems in chromatographic data systems or workstations.

Based on new standard instrument drivers from Agilent, ICF eliminates much of the delay and effort associated with software developers using low-level instrument control codes to write their own native drivers. ICF is available to software developers at no cost.

Fish Species Verification The Agilent Fish Species Identification method speeds and simplifies the use of DNA to identify fish species in food products. The Agilent Fish Species Identification method makes this technique feasible for routine verification of seafood labeling and detecting species substitutions.

The system uses an Agilent DNA Fish Species ID Ensemble with an Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer lab-on-a-chip system, and specialized RFLP Decoder Software. The DNA analysis method is based on polymerase chain reactionrestriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP).