Today, July 23, 2018, Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), Prosolia, Inc. and the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) announced that Waters®
acquired exclusive rights to Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI) technology
for all mass spectrometry applications from Prosolia and PRF.
"The acquisition of DESI technology bolsters Waters' portfolio of mass spectrometry imaging innovations, a rapidly expanding MS technique for biomedical research and related applications," said Chris O'Connell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Waters Corporation. "DESI mass spectrometry imaging provides complementary and actionable data when compared to classical histopathology imaging technologies with major advantages in analyzing the molecular fingerprint within a sample, thus delivering deeper biological insights. Ultimately, these insights will lead to better understanding of disease and enable the development of new, more effective medical therapies."
"We at Prosolia are proud of our role in developing and commercializing DESI technology," said Justin Wiseman, Chief Executive Officer, Prosolia. "The potential for MSI analysis using DESI technology is significant because of the quality of the data, the minimal sample preparation required, and the non-destructive nature of the technique allowing for multimodal analysis on a single sample."
Waters will continue to support its customers who are already realizing the benefits of DESI technology with their Xevo™ and Synapt time-of-flight mass spectrometers. As the technology transitions from Prosolia to Waters, Prosolia will also continue to supply the DESI 2D technology for certain Thermo Scientific and Agilent mass spectrometer configurations until September 30, 2019. Prosolia will be responsible for and will continue to honor its warranty commitments made prior to Waters’ acquisition of the DESI technology to those scientists and organizations who currently have a DESI 2D source unit on any non-Waters mass spectrometer.
Read the full press release here