Thermo Fisher Scientific entered into a strategic partnership with Phytronix Technologies for the use of Laser Diode Thermal Desorption (LDTD) technology. Thermo says that LDTD will enhance its TSQ Quantum™ LC/MS product portfolio by offering ultra fast sample analysis for quantitative and qualitative applications in high-throughput drug discovery and development, food safety, and environmental applications.

The LDTD technology increases the speed of analysis of compounds by 20 to 100 times compared to established techniques based on liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry, claims Thermo. Pharmacokinetic studies using LDTD technology can be performed in less than 10 minutes and enzyme inhibition assays in 18 minutes, compared to 10 hours presently required with LC-MS techniques, the Thermo company continues.

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