MILFORD, Mass., Sept. 2 Waters Corporation(NYSE: WAT) today announced that it has joined the BioIT Alliance, aninitiative spearheaded by Microsoft Corporation involving more than 80pharmaceutical, biotech, laboratory instrument and software companies workingtogether to realize the potential of personalized medicine. Waters(R)Informatics Business will work with industry leaders to develop standardizedconventions for sharing scientific data based on Microsoft(R) technology.
"Having implemented Waters NuGenesis(R) Scientific Data Management System(SDMS) in laboratories all over the world, Waters is uniquely positioned tocontribute to the BioIT Alliance because we understand how effectivelaboratories collect, manage and share scientific data," said Phil Kilby,Senior Manager, Informatics Business and Partnership Development for theWaters Division. "Waters core informatics strategy promotes openness andinteroperability. This basic philosophy aligns perfectively with the BioIT'sgoals of improving information management to better connect scientificresearch to individual healthcare."
The BioIT Alliance explores new ways to share complex scientific data andspeed the pace of discovery in the life sciences, abbreviating the timebetween discovery of new biological data and the application of that knowledgeto human health. It brings together science and technology leaders toconsider innovative ways to address the challenges of integration,collaboration and knowledge management that cannot be solved by any singlecompany. Members use Microsoft technologies to reduce costs and streamlineresearch by advocating for and creating IT solutions intended to standardizepractices for data capture, archiving, and dissemination.
"By welcoming Waters to the BioIT Alliance, we are partnering with acompany that understands the information management needs of the laboratory,"said Rudy Potenzone, Worldwide Industry Technology Strategist forPharmaceuticals at Microsoft and BioIT Alliance Coordinator. "We rely onmember companies to advance the state-of-the-art in BioIT by coordinatingproof-of-concept applications that illustrate the use of Microsoft ITtechnology in solving critical problems for life sciences companies. We lookforward to Waters contributions to this effort."
About Waters NuGenesis SDMS
By giving laboratories the ability to collect and catalogue all relevantinformation, hundreds of laboratories at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnologyand chemical/industrial companies have standardized on NuGenesis SDMS. Thesecustomers have found quantifiable benefits for accelerating research,improving collaboration among scientists, preserving data for the long termand providing documentation and protection for intellectual property and 21CFR Part 11 compliance.
The year 2008 marks Waters 50th year of analytical instrument industryleadership. Waters informatics products are key components of Watersapplications-based instrument and software solutions for the laboratory. Formore information on Waters informatics products, visit:http://www.waters.com/informatics.
About Waters Corporation (http://www.waters.com)
Waters Corporation creates business advantages for laboratory-dependentorganizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enablesignificant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmentalmanagement, food safety, and water quality worldwide.
Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratoryinformation management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waterstechnology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platformfor customer success.
With revenue of $1.47 billion in 2007 and 5,000 employees, Waters isdriving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customersworldwide.
About the Microsoft BioIT Alliance