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Thermo Fisher Scientific holds laboratory informatics symposium

Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in analytical instrumentation and informatics, held its annual data management software user group meeting, Laboratory Informatics Symposium (LIS) on 14-15 February 2008. The symposium, held in Bangalore, India, was attended by more than 50 professionals from the scientific, bioanalytical and pharmaceutical communities and major growth industries in India. Kim Shah, director of marketing and business development for Thermo Fisher's informatics business, said, "This symposium, our first in India, has brought us together with the fastest growing industry segments in India, from drug development and bioanalytical research to manufacturing. By bringing a new focus on how the right informatics strategies and solutions can streamline data management processes and help laboratories become more efficient, we enable our customers to bring the latest technologies into their laboratories. Our purpose-built laboratory information management systems (LIMS) help customers automate and gain more control over their lab practices, resulting in improved productivity and efficiencies."

At a VIP meeting awards for innovation were given to Clinigene International, Glenmark Research Centre, Advinus Therapeutics and Jubilant Biosys.


Bio-Rad organizes international Thalassaemia awareness seminar

Bio-Rad Laboratories organized an international awareness seminar on Thalassaemia with participation from specialists and doctors from across the world. Speaking on the subject at the 5th International conference on Thalassaemia, Prof. Dr PC Giordano, Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands, said, "A disorder like Thalassaemia has no permanent cure, the only way one can prevent Thalassaemia in the family is through testing".

Addressing the gathering, Dhiren Wagle, country manager, Bio-Rad Laboratories said "Seminars like these are of immense help not only to the medical fraternity in India but also to public at large which is unaware of the damage and trauma that Thalassaemia can cause".

The Indian perspective on the disorder was put forward by Prof. Dr Manorama Bhargava, head, hematology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Dr Bhargava said "Antenatal check up could be the key to our fight against Thalassaemia. She recommended strict enforcement of compulsory antenatal check up for women".


Imperial Life sciences organizes gene expression analysis workshop

Imperial Life Sciences and Agilent Technologies jointly conducted The First Gene Expression Analysis Workshop at the campus of Imperial Life Sciences, Gurgaon, in February. The event marked the inauguration of the Authorized Agilent Service and Applications facility where the workshop was held. The facility and workshop was inaugurated by Dr Nick Roeloffs, Vice President & General Manager Life Sciences Division, Agilent Technologies, US. "India is playing a major role in today's life sciences arena, and Agilent Technologies will play a prominent part in supporting science through ILS in this great country," said Dr Nick Roeloffs.

The workshop enabled scientists to get hands-on-training on the complete microarray workflow for the Gene Expression Application of the human genome. The first day of the workshop covered quality check of RNA samples brought by participants, using Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, along with lectures and discussions on the 2100 Bioanalyzer and DNA Microarray applications. The second day covered cDNA synthesis followed by cRNA synthesis along with labeling with Cy3 dye. The third day comprised of sessions which included eArray-- a tool for designing micro array slides, GeneSpring: a tool for data analysis. The next workshop will be held in April 2008, focusing on microRNA applications and data analysis and interpretation.

"The main purpose of these workshops is to make the scientist to get familiarized with the platform, attain in depth training and get exposure to the data analysis which forms an essential component of the whole microarray workflow" says Neeraj Gupta, Director- Sales, ILS. "ILS plans to provide innovative value-added solutions to strengthen its presence in the biotech market by collaborating with researchers in all stages of their projects, from science to logistics, thus becoming their valuable partners in research" said Anand Gupta, President ILS, US and Director- Marketing, ILS, India.


Labindia and Applied Biosystems donate sequencing equipment to the Genome Foundation

Labindia Instruments Pvt Ltd and Applied Biosystems have donated a DNA sequencing equipment, the 3730xl Genetic Analyzer to the Genome Foundation to help the organization achieve its goal of reducing suffering from genetic diseases by sequencing each individual's genome, and detecting any DNA mutations.

The Genome Foundation proposes to reduce the burden of genetic disorders in India by providing diagnostic services such as molecular diagnosis, carrier analysis, prenatal diagnosis, and genetic counseling, for various genetic diseases. "We hope that findings from our studies will eventually help to prevent the spread of debilitating genetic disorders that are rampant throughout India," said Dr Lalji Singh, managing director, founder member, Genome Foundation and Director, CCMB. "We are very grateful to Applied Biosystems and Labindia for their generous offer as it would not otherwise have been possible for the Foundation to acquire this vital piece of equipment at the beginning of its establishment."

"Our partnership with Labindia and the Genome Foundation creates an infrastructure whereby researchers can build their understanding of many diseases," said Mark Stevenson, President of Applied Biosystems. "Applied Biosystems is proud to be able to assist with this noble cause and we are hopeful that this first step will help the Genome Foundation to achieve its goals."


Silica based HPLC packing Kromasil

Kromasil is a premium, silica-based HPLC packing, developed for analytical up to process-scale applications. All phases are available in bulk and in slurry-packed columns, from 2.1 mm ID up to 2" ID, with analytical performance. Kromasil has superior mechanical and chemical stability, and a high available surface area together with excellent surface properties. Kromasil 60Å is available in the particle sizes 5, 10, and 16 µm as silica, Diol and CN. Kromasil 100Å is available in the particle sizes 3.5, 5, 7, 10, 13, and 16 µm, as silica, C1, C4, C8, C18, Phenyl and NH2. Kromasil Chiral Phases (DMB and TBB) are based on tartaric acid derivatives polymerized and covalently bonded to 100Å silica. There is also new polysaccharide (cellulose and amylose) coated wide pore silica called CelluCoat and AmyCoat (NP and RP) Chiral phases available in 3, 5, 10, and 25 µm particle sizes.

For details, contact: http://www.kromasil.com or Kromasil@eka.com


Pall Life Sciences introduces new virus filters

Pall Life Sciences has announced the launch of new Pegasus LV6 virus removal filters for large virus removal with high flow performance. Pegasus Grade LV6 filter cartridges with Ultipleat construction provide an efficient and economical method for removing large viruses like Retroviruses with ≥ 6 log titer reduction or larger virus- antibody complexes from biological solutions. The unique Pegasus LV6 membrane in combination with the patented Ultipleat filter construction provides robust high flow rates and total throughput performance which minimizes process costs. The high filter area per filter cartridge reduces the required amount of filter elements per installation and minimizes the hold up volume of the virus filter system. For details, contact: vivek_nair@pall.com


Waters introduces UPLC Food Safety System

Waters Corporation announced the introduction of the first UPLC-based MS/MS system for food safety analysis at Pittcon 2008, the analytical instrument industry's largest annual conference and exhibition.

The Waters UltraPerformance Food Safety System is an all-in-one solution for analyzing veterinary drug residues, pesticides, mycotoxins, marine biotoxins and illegal dyes in a variety of foods.

The system combines Waters market leading ACQUITY UPLC technology with the Quattro Premier XE mass spectrometer for the sensitive and selective identification and quantification of contaminants at or below regulatory limits. Data acquisition, processing and reporting are managed by Waters MassLynx software complemented by Waters TargetLynx application manager for target compound identification.

For details, contact: www.waters.com/pittcon.


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