NIR Diagnostics has signed a combined feasibility study and first option agreement with a leading consumer and hospital diagnostic company. The study will examine the capability of NIR Diagnostics’ hand-held NIR blood monitoring technology to measure glucose accurately. A second phase of the study will examine the impact of interferents on the precision and accuracy. www.nirdiagnostics.com
Polychromix has launched an e-commerce site for its portable MEMS-based analysis systems. www.polychromix.com
Thermo Electron’s Informatics business has received the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership. The award recognises Thermo’s market share leadership achieved through the implementation of market strategy, expanding operations and product innovation. www.thermo.com
Thermo Electron is sponsoring a postdoctoral scientist, Dr Shona McSheehy, at the Centre of Excellence for speciation analysis techniques at the University of Pau, France. Dr McSheehy will develop speciation methodologies and working practices for Thermo customers as well as providing product development support. www.thermo.com/elemental
Axsun Technologies’ IntegraSpec NIR analyser has won an R&D 100 award. www.axsun.com
Ocean Optics has appointed two new European distributors: Kutay Laboratory Equipment in Turkey and LAO Industrial Systems in the Czech Republic. www.oceanoptics.com
Analytical Spectral Devices has received orders for five of its RxSpec systems for use in the US Veterans Administration high-volume Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacies. The system uses NIR and vision systems to check that the correct drugs are being dispensed by analysing them directly in the dispensing vial. www.asdi.com
The winner of the 2005 Hirschfeld Award, presented by the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS), is Professor Ana Garrido-Varo of the University of Córdoba, Spain. The award was presented at the Pittsburgh Conference in Orlando, FL, USA in March.
Professor Garrido-Varo’s main scientific work is in developing robust calibrations for use in the Spanish agro–food industry and the evaluation of analysis modes for the precise analysis of unground/intact agro–food products. www.icnirs.org
CAS Medical Systems has filed a 510(k) Premarket Notification with the US FDA indicating its intent to market a cerebral oximeter using the company’s NIR technology. www.casmed.com
PerkinElmer has launched a UK dedicated web site at www.perkinelmer.co.uk
Polychromix and Ocean Optics have announced a worldwide distribution agreement for the Polychromix NIR digital transform spectrometer product family. www.polychromix.com, www.oceanoptics.com
According to a report (RG-228R The Process Spectroscopy Market) from Business Communications Company, the worldwide market for process spectroscopy instrumentation is expected to grow from $178 million in 2004 to $232 million in 2009, an average growth rate of 5.4%.
NIR is expected to constitute the largest part of the market in 2009, with sales of $71 million due to the impact of the PAT initiative. The highest growth rate is expected among Raman spectrometers, with an average of 8% over the period. Raman is expected to be validated as a PAT technique, helping its growth.
Several trends are seen to influence the market. There is an increasing tendency for UV and visible systems manufacturers to develop cheaper, more portable versions of their high-end systems in response to competition from miniature spectrometers. Development of low-cost Raman devices is seen as well. NIR and FT instruments do not see significant competition from portable devices, and high-end systems, particularly in the NIR, continue to dominate many process markets.
New technologies, however, have the potential to change that situation. Micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) technology offers the potential to make a “spectrometer on a chip” and are expected to become a viable option for process monitoring, if not during the forecast period, then shortly after. Acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTFs) are being produced commercially and used in NIR systems selling in the $45,000 range. Both of these are seen as indicators that the process spectroscopy market 10 years from now may be significantly different from today’s market, with cheaper and more portable systems operating in many manufacturing applications. www.bccresearch.com
Andor Technology has floated on the London AIM market valuing the company at £23 million when shares started trading. They have also moved into a new 4600 m2 £6 million purpose-built facility. www.andor.com
AstraNet Systems has been appointed as UK and European distributors for Headwall Photonics (formerly known as American Holographics). email@example.com, www.astranetsystems.com
Axsun Technologies has signed an agreement with a unit of General Electric to help develop a new type of rugged hand-held spectrosocpic device. www.axsun.com