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Pittcon, running from 2-6 March in Chicago, USA, is an annual conference and exhibition based on laboratory science.

ACD Labs

The new Impurity Resolution Management (IRM) solution from ACD/Labs will be displayed at the show. IRM helps scientists identify and characterise impurities for resolution and reporting during the development and acceptance of new chemical compounds. Using the software platform ACD/Spectrus, IRM allows scientists to manage and share analytical and chemical knowledge in chemical context to deliver Unified Laboratory Intelligence (ULI).

Specific dashboards for scientists involved in chemistry, manufacturing, and controls enable storage and searching of multi-disciplinary data. Chemistry information can be linked with relevant analytical data to create a knowledge base of real-time instantly accessible and re-usable information. Process knowledge can be retained and enhanced over time by scientists who can dynamically search and update a central repository.


Allotrope Foundation

Allotrope Foundation, an international consortium of pharmaceutical companies, will be at the show. The group is actively developing an innovative framework (metadata dictionaries, data standards, and class libraries) for managing analytical data throughout its lifecycle.  

The Allotrope Foundation is creating an open 'ecosystem' in collaboration and consultation with vendors and the analytical community. The ecosystem, born from the Allotrope Framework, will enable analytical data, methods, and hardware components to be shared within an organisation or with partners. Furthermore, the data generated within this laboratory ecosystem is stored in a standardised and defined format for easy access, analysis, and archival.

Analytical data generated on any vendor platform is universally and readily available to any software application in the ecosystem, now and in the future.


Autoscribe Informatics

Autoscribe Informatics, a provider of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), will be showing its flagship Matrix Gemini LIMS, as well as the entry-level, out-of-the-box Matrix Express LIMS at Pittcon 2014.

Matrix Gemini is a desktop and web-based platform that provides a highly configurable LIMS environment. This system accommodates user requirements for workflows, screen designs, menu designs, terminology, report designs, and much more without the need for custom coding.

A key feature of the platform is FDA-level auditing. An event log records even the most basic activities ensuring the system can meet CFR21 Part II compliance, while its flexible configuration ensures easy incorporation of any changes in regulatory requirements for testing.

The Matrix Express LIMS provides all the basic functionality required in a LIMS including sample/work registration, test allocation, sample receipt, sample preparation, result entry, limit checking, result validation, sample approval and reporting.



Bruker will announce its latest innovations and highlight its expanding portfolio of analytical technologies at the show. Dr Frank Laukien, president and CEO, and the three Bruker Group presidents, will be making new product announcements.


BSSN Software

BSSN Software will be exhibiting its mobile device platform. Seahorse Mobile Edition is a vendor-independent solution to deliver scientific data to mobile devices. Now scientists and decision makers can access analytical and biological data from many different techniques on their tablets and smartphones. A touch-optimised viewer lets users work on scientific data.

Seahorse Mobile Edition supports chromatography (HPLC, GC), mass spectrometry, NMR, optical spectroscopy, microplate reader, imaging, bioreactor and process chromatography data types.

To accommodate the restricted computing power and network bandwidth available on mobile devices, the solution deploys a small presentation server component. This server performs the interfacing with existing data repositories and interprets the instrument data formats.



Labvantage will exhibit its configurable, web-based LIMS at the show. The software helps customers run their labs more efficiently and with fewer errors by automating tasks and integrating with instruments and systems. The system can adapt to changing business needs after initial implementation.

Labvantage's software comes standard with features essential to laboratory operations. Built on a platform that is recognised in the industry, the LIMS can support hundreds of concurrent users as well as interface with most instruments.

With years of experience, Labvantage LIMS powers hundreds of laboratories, large and small, worldwide. The software is a good choice for industries ranging from pharmaceuticals and consumer goods to molecular diagnostics and biobanking.



RURO software offers laboratories, step-based, attainable implementation of information management systems that rapidly modernise. Customers enjoy data accuracy by automation, comprehensive system/instrument integration and user-productivity increases by centralised workflow and information management. RURO offers the FreezerPro system, designed purely for sample management.

RURO also offer LIMS 24/7, a full-scale LIMS designed to adapt quickly to precise or shifting customer requirements. Example deployments range from smaller laboratories installing FreezerPro with the eventual goal of LIMS implementation planned, to several Top 10 Pharmaceutical organisations which have selected LIMS 24/7 individually to support targeted projects or entire divisions.

Founded in 2007, RURO has deployed systems in more than 1000 laboratories worldwide.


Siemens Simatic IT R&D Suite streamlines R&D and manufacturing processes and enables transition of product data and definitions to the entire manufacturing process by integrating the R&D labs’ output throughout the enterprise to manufacturing, regulatory, compliance, quality, laboratories, and procurement. At Pittcon, our consultants will be available to discuss and demonstrate our complete line of R&D solutions. These solutions include Interspec (product specification management); Formula Work Bench (process formulation development and optimisation); Electronic Lab Notebook (R&D intellectual property management) and Unilab (LIMS).

Siemens has implemented its Simatic IT R&D solutions around the world to customers in a variety of industries: chemical, CPG, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, tobacco, water/waste treatment as well as independent laboratories.


Waters will be showcasing two products at Pittcon 2014. The Acquity QDa Detector is a small, easy-to-use and affordable mass detector for liquid chromatography, generating mass spectral data that complements that of a PDA detector and that assures that no peak from a chromatographic separation will ever go undetected.

The Acquity QDa Detector is expected to have a big impact on the analytical laboratory because it brings to the chromatography laboratory high-quality mass spectral data, and the added certainty that goes with it.

Empower 3 Feature Release 2 offers new features including Empower Mobile which allows chemists, managers, reviewers and IT staff to perform routine tasks on-the-go using their smartphone or tablet device.  Enhanced mass spectral data processing and visualisation tools enable easy data interpretation, even in network environments. The new Result Audit Viewer feature compiles all the relevant audit trail and method versions to facilitate comprehensive data traceability and easy review.