Deal covers sample introduction and ionization methods.

Prosolia and AB Sciex entered into a license agreement for technologies developed by Gary Van Berkel, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The arrangement provides Prosolia a license to a portfolio of new sample introduction and ionization methods based on the liquid microjunction surface sampling probe approach that enables direct extraction of solid-phase analytes from a variety of surfaces using a continuous flow of solvent.

Its advantages provide research scientists and technicians access to rapid sample analyses in combination with multimodal ionization capabilities and the versatility of coupling to thin-layer and liquid chromatography techniques. “We envision several new products arising out of Dr. Van Berkel’s inventions and are excited to work with him and his group on these projects,” says Justin Wiseman, president and CEO of Prosolia. 

“We are delighted that our collaboration with thought leaders at Oak Ridge National Laboratory continues to be validated by the growing interest across the life science industry,” remarks Dave Hicks, vp of the pharma and academic business, AB Sciex. “Licensing the technology to other companies such as Prosolia will help speed up the commercialization of this novel sampling innovation.”

Prosolia’s flagship product is based on desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) technology. DESI enables rapid spot sampling and chemical imaging of surfaces under ambient conditions using mass spectrometry. The company’s current products retro-fit onto instruments produced by the major instrument companies including AB Sciex, Thermo Scientific, Waters, Agilent, Bruker, and LECO.

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