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Indigo Biosciences, Inc. and Prosolia Come Together to Create FireFly(TM) Data Conversion Software for Mass Spectrometers


1/7/2009 9:00:56 AM

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermo Scientific LTQ mass spectrometer and Omni Spray (R) Ion Source users now have the capability to convert their large data sets into file formats compatible with third party software using FireFly(TM) data conversion software.

FireFly is a software program that extracts and builds data sets from proprietary data systems using Indigo BioSystems proprietary data conversion algorithms into file formats compatible with BioMAP, a third party image visualization and processing software program available for free on the internet.

"Indigo BioSystems is pleased to partner with Prosolia to integrate our data management and open format technology with their breakthrough imaging systems. Prosolia's tools allow scientists to generate unprecedented amounts of exceptionally valuable data," says Randy Julian, President and co-founder of Indigo BioSystems. "Indigo's tools allow that data to be captured, used and shared. Together we ensure that imaging mass spectrometry data will have a significant impact on key decisions in biological R&D."

FireFly was created in order to visualize the multi-dimensional data sets, Prosolia's Omni Spray Ion Source can routinely generate in combination with the Thermo Scientific LTQ series mass spectrometers equipped with the Xcalibur(TM) 2.0 data system.

"As Prosolia continues to build upon the Omni Spray Ion Source product and produce advanced platforms, such as the Omni Spray 2-D, the utilization of data management and conversion programs will be essential to integrating Prosolia's technologies to the variety of instrumentation that is available to end-users today," says Justin Wiseman, Prosolia's Director of Research and Development. "The release of FireFly(TM) with Indigo BioSystems represents our commitment to developing reliable and universal research tools for mass spectrometry that complement our Omni Spray products."

"The key to Indigo's approach is to make lab data accessible by combining open data formats with globally accessible data repositories. Imaging mass spectrometry represents a special challenge due to the volume and complexity of a typical data," says Julian. "Using open formats ensure that image analysis and processing will be possible regardless of the brand of detector used with the Prosolia source. Having high performance data interchange technology means that labs will not be choked by the volume of data generated in these experiments, and that results can be shared freely with collaborators and contractors regardless of locale."

For more information on FireFly or Omni Spray Ion Sources contact Prosolia at 317.278.6171.

Prosolia, Inc. was established in 2003 to commercialize technology arising from the laboratory of Professor R. Graham Cooks, Aston Laboratories of Mass Spectrometry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Professor Cooks and his research team have been innovators in the field of Mass Spectrometry for many years. Prosolia's first product line, Omni Spray Ion Source utilizes the revolutionary ambient ionization technology known as Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI). DESI is a simple, sensitive, gentle, and versatile ionization method that allows for the direct and rapid sampling of surfaces without any sample preparation.

Indigo BioSystems is the developer of a new data management infrastructure for experimental research and especially for work conducted in the pharmaceutical industry. Indigo's primary data solution, known as "Rubicon," can dramatically increase research scientist productivity and facilitate accurate, rapid decision-making with complex instrumental methods. Indigo's approach is based on technology developed within the pharmaceutical industry and based on open data formats from international standards bodies. Founded in 2004, Indigo was incubated by the Ventures group of Eli Lilly & Co. until early 2006. Indigo is now an independent, privately-held Indiana corporation.

CONTACT: Carrie Parsons of Prosolia, Inc., +1-317-278-6058,
parsons@prosolia.com

Web site: http://www.prosolia.com/



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