Bio-Rad has launched new qualification and calibration kits for its SELDI (surface enhanced laser desorption ionisation) ProteinChips. The kits promise to help improve long-term reproducibility of the system during biomarker discovery projects by qualifying the systems relative to standard specifications. The Proteinchip OQ (operational qualification) kit evaluates nine operational specifications for sensitivity, resolution and mass accuracy. The ProteinChip System Check kit verifies reader compliance to four operational specifications, while the ProteinChip Detector Calibration kit is recommended for weekly detector optimisation. FEI has introduced a new and exclusive service for its customers that will enable its global base of electron microscopy users to collaborate online as a professional community. The FEI.com for Owners website contains topic-focused user groups on microscopy and nanotechnology, as well as real-time chat, personal and community blogs. "FEI's network of leading researchers and developers from around the world represents a vast resource of specialised knowledge," said Rob Fastenau, senior vice president of marketing and development. "We believe that providing this dynamic and exclusive venue for information sharing will contribute to our customer's success, accelerating their scientific discovery and commercialization of new technologies." GE Healthcare's INCell Analyser for high content screening (HCS) has received a Frost & Sullivan 2007 Technology Innovation Award. "We are delighted to receive this years' innovation award from Frost & Sullivan. As the HCS field continues to grow, this award demonstrates the unique benefits provided by the IN Cell Analyzer systems and tools." said Ger Brophy, general manager of Advanced Systems in the Life Sciences business unit of GE Healthcare Harvard Apparatus has released a new electro-spray ionisation (ESI) sample introduction pump the Model 11 Plus. The pump can be used for delivering calibration solutions and sample introduction into the mass spectrometer. In addition, the pump can be used to deliver the correct amount of matrix to samples for MALDI-TOF (matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation - time-of-flight) experiments. Horiba Instruments has launched a new portable and affordable particle size analysis instrument, the LA-300. The laser diffraction particle size analyser has a 0.1µm to 600µm measurement range and features automatic alignment, fast analysis times high resolution all in an easy to use system. The instruments small size makes it ideal for testing on location in factories or in a crowded laboratory environment. Malvern Instruments has launched its new Morphologi G3 automated particle characterisation system that provides high quality, statistically significant particle size and shape information. The system provides quality microscope images of hundreds of thousands of particles with little or no user intervention required while also conforming to 21CFR part 11 requirements I and providing IQ/OQ documentation to ensure that the system is accurate and validated. Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a new instrument control software system for its Accels high Speed LC (liquid chromatography) system, the Atlas Chromatography Data System (Atlas CDS) extension. The new software integrates full instrument control and chromatography data handling for the high speed pump, autosampler and PDA detector. It is designed as a multi-user, multi-instrument data system that enables remote network access so that organizations can make informed decisions faster. Thermo Fisher Scientific's iCAP 6500 ICP (inductively coupled plasma) emission spectrometer has been used by Shell Global Solutions mobile laboratory at the 24 hours Le Mans 2007 race. The system was used to testing the condition of the race-winning Audi Sport team's engine oils, lubricants and hydraulic fluids. "We are extremely pleased with the success of our mobile laboratory at Le Mans 2007, and with the excellent detection capability of the iCAP 6500 we used for the first time at the race track. We hope to be able to offer this service at future major racing events around Europe," said Joerg Landschof, project leader for Motorsport at Shell Global Solutions. Warner Instruments has introduced its new CHS-1 heated microscope platform that is adaptable to any major microscope and provides a versatile base for many popular disposable glass and chambered slides.