UA Developed Protein Identification Software Licensed to Proteomics Firm

Sept. 7, 2001

Thermo Finnigan, a Thermo Electron business in San Jose, Calif., (NYSE:TMO) has entered into an agreement for an exclusive license of a protein identification software enhancement known as "SALSA" (Scoring ALgorithm for Spectral Analysis) from the University of Arizona. SALSA provides for superior discrimination between a protein's variant peptide forms, thus making it possible to identify protein modifications and sequence variations more quickly.

SALSA was developed as a collaborative effort of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, its Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and its department of computer science. Daniel C. Liebler of the College of Pharmacy led the development of SALSA. Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed. SALSA will be available to customers in 2002 as part of Thermo Finnigan's ongoing enhancements to its proteomics software offerings.

"SALSA is important because it can help accelerate the discovery and validation of drug targets," said Dr. Ian Jardine, president of Thermo Finnigan. "Diseases and disorders can often be traced to complications involving protein modifications and variant sequences. The ability to find errors in these processes more quickly -- especially in complex biological samples -- can help speed the efforts of medical researchers to develop effective diagnostic and therapeutic tools."

Thermo Finnigan is a leading supplier of total laboratory solutions for the analytical and life sciences industries. Product offerings include mass spectrometers, liquid chromatography equipment, gas chromatography equipment and multi-instrument combinations of these products, as well as a complete range of advanced software solutions.

The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center is a research component of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Directed by Liebler, the Center is dedicated to collaborative interdisciplinary research into the health effects of environmental agents and serves as a non-biased scientific resource in education, research, and community service.




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