Thermo Fisher launches record-breaking Orbitrap mass spectrometer

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  • Published: Jun 8, 2017
  • Source: Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Suppliers: Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Channels: HPLC / Base Peak

Scientists studying complex protein samples can now take advantage of a new high-performing Orbitrap mass spectrometer from Thermo Fisher Scientific, designed to quickly and consistently produce superior data quality for challenging workflows across life science research and biopharma applications. The Thermo Scientific Q Exactive HF-X Hybrid Quadrupole Orbitrap mass spectrometer sets new standards for depth of analysis, quantitative accuracy and reproducibility, allowing scientists to advance disease research and drug discovery.

The Q Exactive HF-X mass spectrometer aims to provide sensitive, accurate and reproducible analyses of highly complex samples for various aspects of translational research and biopharma applications. This includes comprehensive proteome profiling and quantitation, biomarker discovery and verification, and full characterization of complex biotherapeutics.

For R&D scientists, the Q Exactive HF-X instrument delivers extremely fast and accurate mass analysis, plus two-to-three-fold sensitivity improvements, delivering the same number of protein identifications in half of the time required for previous models. For biopharma scientists, the Q Exactive HF-X instrument provides up to eight times better signal-to-noise ratio for native, intact monoclonal antibody mass determination, glycoprofiling and purity checks.

"The study of biomolecules for potential use as disease markers, drug targets and therapeutic agents requires the analysis of highly complex samples," said Ken Miller, vice president, omics marketing, chromatography and mass spectrometry, Thermo Fisher. "Scientists demand depth of analysis, data quality and analytical precision without sacrificing robustness or speed. The new Q Exactive HF-X platform includes technical advances meant to deliver significant performance improvements, making it the new flagship of the Q Exactive mass spectrometer product family."

Jesper Olsen, associate professor and deputy center director of the Novo Nordisk Foundation and Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, has been an early tester of the Q Exactive HF-X for protein research. "Our team has been applying proteomics technology to systems-wide analyses of dynamic post-translational modifications that regulate cell signal transduction pathways," he said. "Using the Q Exactive HF-X Hybrid, we have managed to identify 1100 unique peptides per minute, which is a new world record."

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