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New Technologies Help Customers to Move Science Forward

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today launched a number of innovative new products at Analytica 2008, the world's largest laboratory technology tradeshow, taking place in Munich, Germany, from April 1 - 4. The company's new technologies are focused on enabling customers to take advantage of the most advanced solutions available for their application -- from complex research to routine analysis.

"Today, we are unveiling in Europe novel tools that are built upon decades of experience in working with our customers to move science forward," said Marc N. Casper, executive vice president of Thermo Fisher Scientific. "We're excited to showcase breakthroughs covering a range of technology platforms, from RNA-interference to elemental analysis, molecular spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. You will also see how our technologies fit together to form a complete workflow, with a comprehensive protein research laboratory replicated in our booth.

"Furthermore, we continue to make strategic acquisitions that complement our technology breadth and strengthen our geographic market position. For example, our additions of NanoDrop micro UV-Vis systems, as well as Flux and La-Pha-Pack chromatography products and consumables, will allow us to more effectively deliver our unmatched offerings to customers in Europe and around the world."

The industry-leading portfolio of laboratory offerings from the company's premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, is on display in booths 105/204 and 121/220 in Hall B1. Among the new technologies, products and capabilities introduced this year are:

Elemental Analysis

Thermo Scientific iCE 3000 Series of Atomic Absorption (AA) spectrometers -- comprising the new iCE 3300, iCE 3400 and iCE 3500, the innovative iCE 3000 Series has been designed to facilitate prolonged and simplified operation -- even using the most difficult samples -- with superior functionality. These new AA spectrometers are the most compact available and have been developed to accommodate both flame and furnace analyses. The new Thermo Scientific AA instruments primarily address the analytical needs of users working in the food safety industry, as well as the environmental, clinical, pharmaceutical, metals and materials industries.

Molecular Spectroscopy

Thermo Scientific Nicolet(TM) iS(TM)10 FT-IR spectrometer -- powered by new OMNIC(TM) Specta(TM) software, this easy-to-use system simplifies advanced spectroscopy, enabling chemists in analytical and investigative chemistry laboratories to take advantage of the power of FT-IR.

Thermo Scientific Nicolet(TM) iN(TM)10 FT-IR microscope -- powered by new OMNIC(TM) Picta(TM) software, this FT-IR microscope is a significant development that simplifies infrared microscopy for chemists in analytical and investigative chemistry laboratories. The enhanced iN10 MX version provides new levels of imaging performance to microscopy and chemical imaging, without the need for an external FT-IR spectrometer.

Thermo Scientific DXR SmartRaman spectrometer -- a new Raman platform designed specifically for the needs and environment of the quality control (QC) laboratory, it will enable many QC labs to harness the power of the Raman technique for the first time.

Thermo Scientific DXR Raman microscope -- designed to help non- specialist users perform rapid sampling and analysis of small features, down to one-micron spatial resolution, this novel microscope also offers superior overall performance and outstanding reproducibility in a package that anyone can use.

UV-Vis Spectroscopy

Thermo Scientific NanoDrop line of micro-volume spectroscopy systems -- these unique instruments use a patented technology that enables easy measurement of UV-Vis and fluorescence by eliminating the use of cuvettes and associated dilutions. The systems are designed for applications involving small sample volumes, increasingly required in emerging life sciences research that involves measurement of DNA and proteins.

Mass Spectrometry

Thermo Scientific LTQ Orbitrap(R) XL(TM) ETD and Thermo Scientific MALDI LTQ Orbitrap -- these advancements bring electron transfer dissociation (ETD) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) capabilities to the award-winning LTQ Orbitrap hybrid series of mass spectrometers. The LTQ Orbitrap XL ETD is the only ETD instrument with both high resolution and accurate mass, enabling the ultimate in definitive protein characterization. The new MALDI LTQ Orbitrap series accelerates the analysis of whole tissue, biological and polymer samples by leveraging the ultrahigh resolution and accurate mass Orbitrap capabilities.

RNAi Technology

Thermo Scientific Dharmacon Accell(TM) siRNA -- RNA-interference (RNAi) is a powerful technology used to silence, or knock down, target genes and the proteins they produce, revealing their role in biological pathways and disease processes. Accell is a breakthrough gene-silencing tool that greatly simplifies RNAi technology and eliminates barriers associated with previous cellular delivery methods. The technology is expected to accelerate research and drug discovery in many important life sciences fields, including neuroscience, immunology, stem-cell science and oncology.

Liquid Handling and Consumables

Thermo Scientific Finnpipette F1 and F2 Series -- the result of more than 40 years of pipetting expertise, the new Finnpipette F-Series includes variable and fixed volume single-channel models covering 0.2 microliters to 10 ml for assured versatility. Furthermore, multi-channel models are available and include 8-, 12- and 16-channel pipettes covering 1-300 microliters for even greater flexibility. The new F- Series offers superior accuracy and the highest levels of pipetting precision for both routine use and for quality-conscious research and pharma-biotechnology laboratories.

Informatics

Darwin LIMS(TM) 3.0 laboratory information management system -- brings significant functionality enhancements to the pharmaceutical industry through a purpose-built LIMS designed specifically for QA/QC, offering environmental monitoring, dissolution, stability management, product and batch management and system interfacing.

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