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Bruker Daltonics, Nanosys Team for Mass Spectrometry R&D

Photonics.com
Mar 2007
Life sciences tool maker Bruker Daltonics Inc. of Billerica, Mass., and Palo Alto, Calif.-based nanotechnology company Nanosys Inc. announced a broad research and development collaboration and distribution agreement between the two companies involving Nanosys' matrix-free target plates -- known as Capture and Analyze Naldi chips -- used primarily with Bruker's Flex series of laser desorption ionization (LDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometers. Nanosys said Naldi chips make it easier to analyze small molecules such as drug compounds, small peptides, pesticides or other low-mass molecules than the typical analysis method of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The companies will collaborate on R&D related to the Naldi chips, as well as on applications and assay development. Potential applications for the chips include chemistry and molecular biology research, molecular diagnostics and molecular imaging research, pharma/biotech and other industrial research and analysis, as well as many applied fields, such as food analysis, environmental analysis and toxicology. Nanosys will manufacture and exclusively supply Naldi chips for Bruker LDI-TOF mass spectrometers, while Bruker will market and distribute the chips worldwide. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.



GLOSSARY
nanotechnology
The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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