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Publication Date: 03/1/2008
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Start-ups and Research at analytica 2008
Munich, Germany — analytica, which includes the analytica Conference and analytica Forums, is the leading trade fair for analysis, laboratory technology, biotechnology/life sciences, diagnostics and data and process management. The 21st analytica will be held April 1-4, 2008, at the New Munich Trade Fair Center in Munich, Germany. Some 950 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors from around the world are expected.
analytica is held every two years and is said to be the world's leading international trade fair for instrumental analysis, laboratory technology, biotechnology/life sciences, diagnostics and data and process management. analytica showcases the entire range of equipment, solutions and services for laboratories in industry and research. Visitors include decision-makers and users from the chemical, medical and pharmaceutical sectors as well as industrial and government research organizations. This year's show will again feature the analytica Conference as well as new events such as an Innovations Area and an Executive Roundtable.
analytica 2008 will provide visitors with the entire range of analysis and biotechnology processes, including gas sensors for breathing tests, processes for detecting weapons and explosives, and systems for characterizing pathogens and spoilage organisms in food samples — all in the featured Innovations Area. Several universities represented in the InnovationsArea are involved in technology transfer and patent exploitation.
One such institution, the Institute for Chemistry at Potsdam University will, present a laser-based oxygen microsensor that uses a newly developed two-phase modulation technology and can be used to reliably determine oxygen content in real time, even in strongly fluorescent green plant tissue. The second exhibit from Potsdam is an improved technique for detecting weapon and explosive materials and industrial chemicals. It is an ion-mobility (IM) spectrometry solution that uses a laser as an ionization source instead of radioactive substances. The laser-based IM spectrometry is said to be more selective, more sensitive and covers a larger dynamic range, and it can even deal with substance mixtures.
TU Bergakademie Freiberg will present a new single-chip microcalorimeter for biochemical screening. The device quickly and automatically measures biological and biochemical activity in microsamples. It was developed for use in enzyme screening, online monitoring of biotechnology processes or to study the metabolisms of microorganisms.
The MacroNano Research Group at TU Ilmenau uses its microfluidics and biosensor systems for industrial pharmaceuticals research. They will exhibit a miniature bioreactor for 3D cell cultures and the development of assays and assay series for cell cultures. The scientists integrate biosensors and fluid measuring systems into miniature bioreactors for use in biomedical research.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) will display a microfluidics construction kit that can be used to quickly and flexibly realize a wide variety of microfluidic processes. These construction kits are supposed to contribute to the rapid development of specific single-use microfluidic chips which, among other things, can be used in POC analysis.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) specializes in three-dimensional organoid test systems for analyzing chemicals and cosmetics. These in-vitro models are also suitable for REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) analyses and eliminate the need for testing on animals.
Founded in 2002 and nominated for the Hamburg Founder's Award, PAS-Tech GmbH specializes in the development of low-cost, compact gas sensors that work with infrared laser light, which it converts into sound waves for analysis purposes. Gas sensors are used to measure emissions and processes. Due to their selectivity and sensitivity, they can also be used for medical applications such as breathing tests.
State-of-the-art communications and information technologies will also be represented at the Innovations Area. S.CO Lifescience will present "S.Core", a Web-based system for automatic image analysis of assays. Once analysis is complete, the results are posted on the customer's Internet portal, where they can be downloaded. The Institute for Scientific Computing at the Karlsruhe Research Center has developed "ChemA", a chemicals management and information system that makes it easier to maintain hazardous-substance directories in chemical enterprises, as prescribed by law. The Web-based tool uses all available digital data to document the chemicals' materials flow — from ordering, delivery and internal distribution to consumption and, finally, disposal. In keeping with the principle of "as little as possible — as much as necessary", the software is limited to the prescribed material-related information of hazardous materials used in the company, which are stored in a database and displayed in keeping with the user's access rights.
For more information, contact: Carolin Schuetze, Munich International Trade Fairs
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