Molecular Spectroscopy

Company Announcements

AMS and Westco Scientific Instruments acquired Unity Scientific, an NIR solutions provider, in fall 2008. Doug Evans remains president of Unity Scientific.

Guided Wave acquired Aspectris, a supplier of encoded photometric IR and NIR systems to OEM customers and for selected target applications, in fall 2008.

A2 Technologies licensed Boeing’s patents for the application of its Exoscan FTIR spectrometer for testing of aerospace composite and metal materials.

CDEX signed a three-year master global distribution agreement with Decatur Electronics, with exclusive rights for the US and Canada, for its ID2 Meth Scanner and future illicit drug detection devices.

In March, ChemImage announced an exclusive distribution agreement for China with Shenzhen Forensic Science & Technology.

FOSS A/S’s 2008 revenues grew 7% on an organic basic to €197 million ($289.7 million). EBIT increased 8% to €30 million ($44.1 million) (see page 12).

Product Introductions

Applied Photophysics introduced the Chirascan-plus dynamic multimode spectrometer for monitoring a protein’s conformational integrity and stability in pharmaceutical applications.

FOSS A/S launched the easy to use FTIR-based BioFoss for controlling ethanol fermentation.

Analyze IQ released Analyzed IQ Spectra Manager, a spectral database and data management package for the easy management of spectral library.

ICalibra introduced a Standardization module for its NIR software, allowing single calibration models that provide accurate results from dispersive and FT instrument technologies simultaneously.

Datacolor launched the Check II, Check II Plus and Check II Pro portable sphere spectrophotometers, featuring Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities.

Ocean Optics released the Remova plug and play adapter, enabling remote access capabilities for its HR4000, HR2000+ and QE65000 spectrometers.

BaySpec introduced its third-generation handheld Raman spectrometer, the TRicorder based on volume phase grating technology. It features no moving parts and is available in two models. Pricing starts at $11,980.

Cobalt Light Systems (formerly LiteThru) launched the RTS100 Rapid Assay System based on transmission Raman spectroscopy for the rapid assay of pharmaceutical dosage forms.

Thermo Fisher Scientific introduced the Thermo Scientific OMNI Specta software for Raman applications.

BioTools released the µ-ChiralRAMAN-2X, which combines Raman microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Raman optical activity in one instrument.

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