McCain and Obama on Bio-threat Detection

NanoNose Offers the Technology Both Candidates Think is Crucial

Chapel Hill NC, USA — (PRWEB) September 23, 2008 — Electronic nose innovator QualSec has noted the recent responses from presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain at Science Debate 2008 and weighs in on their reactions to questions about bio-security and pandemic prevention, and the crucial role of technology in fighting these threats.

“Samples from currently-deployed detectors must be collected by hand and analyzed in laboratories. This can mean that up to 30 hours elapses between when a biological agent is released and when it is analyzed and identified in a lab,” said McCain.

He continued: “We need to continue to develop and facilitate the development of next generation automated detectors that can analyze as well as sample biological agents and feed information real-time to public heath and emergency management officials.”

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ESA receives innovation award for development of Integrated Metabolomics Systems

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices AwardsSan Francisco CA, USA — ESA Biosciences announced that it has received the 2008 Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award* in the field of integrated metabolomics systems.

Frost & Sullivan presented the award to ESA’s Vice President of HPLC Products and Services, Dr. Ian Acworth, at the2008 Growth Excellence Awards banquet on September 16, 2008, in San Francisco, California.

Metabolites are an organism’s low-molecular-weight molecules (e.g., amino acids, peptides, lipids, carbohydrates) – biochemical byproducts that result from catabolism (breakdown), anabolism (build up), and from gut fauna and flora.

By understanding and detecting metabolic differences between normal and diseased states, researchers hope to provide earlier and more-precise diagnosis and prevention. In drug discovery and development, metabolomics may help scientists to understand how and when drugs work, interact, and cause side effects.

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Technical Presentations from Leading Technology Providers

Group Discounts Available – September 25-26th!
Thermal Management and Technology Symposium 2008Austin TX, USA — Thermal Management and Technology Symposium 2008 is a conference highlighting the latest advancements in thermal technology for product design, system development and process management. It will be held September 25-26, 2008 in Austin, Texas.

The conference brochure for Thermal Management and Technology Symposium 2008 is now available! Find out about the presentations, pre-conference workshops and short-courses and meet the speakers participating in this international conference.

Take advantage of amazing team registration discounts! Other discounted rates are available for teams as well as government and military personnel. For more details and to register visit the Registration Page.

Team Discount: Register 2 or More Attendees, and $600 is deducted from each attendee’s registration fee.

Bonus Team Discount: Register 3 or More Attendees, and $700 is deducted from each attendee’s registration fee.

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Pittcon Announces ACS-DAC Co-programming

The ACS Divsion of Analytical Chemistry Continues Co-Programming Sessions at Pittcon 2009
Pittsburgh, PA, USA – Pittcon has announced the third year of co-programming with the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry (ACS-DAC) with 12 sessions for Pittcon 2009, March 8-13, 2009, McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL.

This year is a milestone not only for Pittcon as it celebrates 60 years of showcasing scientific innovations, but also for the ACS-DAC as it celebrates its 25 year anniversary. The ACS program at Pittcon 2009 will focus on that theme.

The six topics for the 2009 ACS-DAC Invited Symposia are:

* Biological Applications of Capillary Electrophoresis
* Evolution of Modern Chromatography: Celebration of 25 years of the Subdivision on Chromatography and Separation Chemistry of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the ACS
* HPLC method robustness: Studies of Evaluation of Chromatographic Selectivity in the Life Science Industries
* New Dimensions in Multidimensional Separations
* Pressurized Fluids in Analytical Separations Technology
* Young Investigator Award from Subdivision on Chromatography and Separation Chemistry of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the ACS

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Earth Science Week

Coming October 12-18, 2008 – You can help!
Earth Science Week 2008 logoArlington VA, USA — The American Geological Institute hosts Earth Science Week in cooperation with sponsors as a service to the public and the geoscience community.

Each year, local groups, educators, and interested individuals organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.

The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the National Park Service, the AAPG Foundation, and other geoscience groups.

The AGI Outreach and Communications Program, established in 2000, focuses on increasing understanding of the important contributions the earth sciences make in the lives of people throughout the world.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Receives Scientific Computing Readers' Choice Awards

2008 Readers' Choice AwardsPHILADELPHIA, PA, USA — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced that five of its informatics and software solutions have received Scientific Computing 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards across four categories: LIMS, bioinformatics, chromatography, and spectroscopy. Thermo Fisher Scientific won more awards than any other company.

Dave Champagne, vice president and general manager of informatics at Thermo Fisher Scientific, commented: “The recognition of Thermo Scientific products as best-of-breed underlines our efforts to continue to deliver software solutions that meet the specific needs of our customers. Three gold and two bronze awards from the readers of Scientific Computing acknowledge Thermo Fisher’s pedigree of products. Receiving the recognition of our customers is the most valuable testimonial of our standing in the market.”

Thermo Fisher was recognized in the following categories:

Gold awards went to:

o Thermo Scientific Atlas CDS (chromatography category), the leading chromatography data system used around the world and in a wide range of industries;
o Thermo Scientific Kinetica (bioinformatics category), which delivers excellence in pharmacokinetic analysis and reporting; and
o Thermo Scientific GRAMS (spectroscopy category), a world-class solution for capturing, storing, and reporting on data derived from multiple instrument systems (it also received a bronze recognition).

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Accelerating Mass Spectrometry-Based Metabolomics Research

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Genedata Join Forces

SAN JOSE CA, USA — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., has announced the integration of Thermo Scientific mass spectrometry (MS) instrumentation and Genedata Expressionist for data processing power to efficiently process and analyze large volumes of high-quality MS data, enabling researchers to process hundreds of gigabytes of data simultaneously.

This capability is particularly beneficial for metabolomics researchers who need to classify samples and identify metabolic profiles related to important biological phenotypes.

Genedata Expressionist performs high-throughput processing and automated quality analysis of MS-based metabolomics and proteomics data, enabling researchers to process hundreds of gigabytes of data simultaneously. Genedata Expressionist also includes a sophisticated statistical analysis platform that allows for data comparison.

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B2B PR Agency Sees Outstanding Growth in 2008

The Scott Partnership relocates to new premises & expands

Cheshire, UK – The Scott Partnership, leading independent business-to-business public relations consultancy, announces a major expansion to accommodate its continuously expanding client base.

The specialist PR agency, based in Cheshire, UK, has relocated to new premises and has expanded its team to support its growing client base. The Scott Partnership works with a number of multinational companies operating in industries including technology, scientific and retail.

To accommodate its growing team, The Scott Partnership has moved to a purpose-built facility situated in Cheshire, UK with excellent transport links to major cities and airports. The new offices will provide an ideal base for the company to continue to support its increasing client base in North America, the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

This move also enables them to continue to grow its specialist multi-lingual team.

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UK Manufacturer of Single Use Laboratory Plastics Changes its Name

Formerly part of Barloworld Scientific, Sterilin Limited Marks a New Phase in it’s Future With a New Name
Caerphilly, UK – Formerly part of Barloworld Scientific, Sterilin Limited is a newly formed independent business, specialising in the manufacture of single use laboratory plastics. Having adopted the name of its market leading brand Sterilin, this newly formed company will comprise of four established product brands:

Sterilin single use plastics; Iwaki tissue culture products; Sterilin Silicone Devices (formerly Esco Silicone Rubber); Sterilin Packaging Products (formerly Azlon Packaging).

As an established leader in single use laboratory plastics, the Sterilin brand has been setting world standards for quality, reliability and user safety for more than 40 years. The newly formed Sterilin Limited offers a wide range of products for the pharmaceutical, clinical and healthcare, food, forensics and industrial packaging industries.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency Highlights World Metrology Day

Measurement in Sport—No games without Measurement

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to promote recognition of May 20 as World Metrology Day 2008 — Measurement in Sport. Metrology is the science of measurement and annually on May 20 World Metrology Day is celebrated in order to promote the importance of high quality measurement science.

The theme for World Metrology Day in 2008 is Measurement in Sport—No games without Measurement. As this is an Olympic Games year the theme has been selected to highlight the importance of accurate measurements in areas such as time, distance and mass to ensure that there is comparability between different sporting achievements around the world and that the breaking of Olympic records are authenticated.

The measurement of banned substances is another highly important area in which comparability of measurement between different laboratories is crucial.

One of the chief strategies used to combat doping in sport centers on the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratories around the world perform an extensive suite of chemical and biological tests in relation to this List, continually screening athletes for evidence of doping
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New Dimensional Metrology Catalog From Mahr Federal

PROVIDENCE RI, USA — Mahr Federal has issued a new catalog covering the full range of the company’s dimensional metrology instruments.

At over 530 pages and printed in full color, the catalog provides complete specification and ordering information on the company’s precision gages; metrology systems; and repair, training and calibration services.

In addition, the catalog incorporates a wealth of information on surface and contour, form, precision length, and shaft measurement, as well as on multisensor CMMs.
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