Posted by Web Master (June 4, 2001)

Matrix Science Announces an OEM Agreement with Applied Biosystems to Distribute MASCOT® Software for Mass Spectrometry-Based Protein Identification

Matrix Science today announced a non-exclusive distribution agreement with Applied Biosystems Group (NYSE: ABI), an Applera Corporation business. The agreement covers the use of Matrix Science’s MASCOT® software for mass spectrometry-based protein identification and characterisation.

MASCOT® Software, Matrix Science’s lead product, is a software suite for protein identification that enables mass spectrometry (MS) data to be rapidly matched against protein or nucleic acid sequence databases. The search engine is ideal for high-throughput applications and closed loop automation. It is intended to implement seamless integration between the MASCOT software search engine and the software packages used for Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX QSTARTM Pulsar system instrument control and data acquisition-AnalystTM and BioAnalystTM software. The QSTARTM Pulsar systems provide high quality MS and MS/MS data when coupled to on-line capillary HPLC separations and with discrete sample analysis using the Ion Spray or NanoSprayTM ion sources. Mass spectrometry is currently the method of choice for performing protein analysis.

John Cottrell, Director of Matrix Science said, "I am delighted with this vote of confidence in our technology and look forward to a successful relationship with Applied Biosystems."

"MASCOT software has been widely adopted by many researchers in the field proteomics and has developed an excellent reputation," said Mark Allen, Director of Proteomics for LC/MS products for Applied Biosystems. "With this agreement we can now provide seamless integration of MASCOT software to our QSTAR Pulsar system, a feature that many of our customers have requested."

Matrix Science, a privately held company established in 1998, has formed a niche market with software products and services in the fields of mass spectrometry and proteomics. Further information on MASCOT® software can be found on the Matrix Science web site at http://www.matrixscience.com/releases.html

About Applera Corporation
Applera Corporation, formerly PE Corporation, comprises two operating groups. The Applied Biosystems Group develops and markets instrument-based systems, reagents, software, and contract services to the life science industry and research community. Customers use these tools to analyze nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), small molecules, and proteins to make scientific discoveries, leading to the development of new pharmaceuticals, and to conduct standardized testing. Applied Biosystems is headquartered in Foster City, CA, and reported sales of $1.4 billion during fiscal 2000. The Celera Genomics Group (NYSE: CRA), headquartered in Rockville, MD, intends to become the definitive source of genomic and related medical information. Information about the company, including reports and other information filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is available on the World Wide Web at www.applera.com or by telephoning 800.762.6923.

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