Agilent Technologies Boosts Productivity of Biopharmaceutical Labs with MassHunter Enhancements

Easy-to-Use Software Improves Analysis Consistency, Transferability

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 12, 2015

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced new software releases designed to make research and development easier for scientists in the biopharmaceutical field.

Enhancements to the company's industry-leading MassHunter BioConfirm and MassHunter Walkup products enable researchers to more easily focus on protein characterization, helping them obtain molecular weight, locate post-translational modifications in protein sequences, and create comprehensive peptide maps with speed and accuracy.

"With the shift from small-molecule pharmaceuticals to large-molecule biopharmaceuticals, companies need to retool their discovery operations in terms of both laboratory equipment and employee skill sets," said Gurmil Gendeh, Ph.D., director of Biopharmaceutical Segment Marketing for Agilent. "We have responded with software tools that allow virtually anyone to use highly advanced instruments for tandem liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry."

Dr. Gendeh noted that the Agilent software for biopharmaceutical analysis is easy to learn and easy to use. "Agilent has taken the lead in offering biologists the ability to walk up to an LC/MS instrument and get back excellent analytical results," he said. "The software greatly improves user-to-user and day-to-day consistency and allows for easy method transferability between laboratories and sites."

The software significantly reduces the learning curve for researchers because they can submit samples through a simple, three-step process. The system then emails the results to them, using reports that were designed by and for biologists.

Far less training (and far less setup time) is required, so researchers can focus on advancing new biological entities along their company's development pipeline. What's more, the Agilent software provides more accurate results because it makes use of Agilent databases and searches for more diverse, post-translational modifications than other systems.


About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets, is the premier laboratory partner for a better world. Agilent works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. Agilent generated revenues of $4.0 billion in fiscal 2014. The company employs about 12,000 people worldwide. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

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