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24.03.2003

Malvern Instruments acquires exclusive rights to integrate technology from ALV GmbH


Following Malvern Instruments successful licensing of NIBS® (non invasive backscatter) technology from ALV GmbH (Langen, Germany) in 2001, the two companies are now entering into a special relationship. The new relationship will permit the integration of ALV's expertise in the design of light scattering instrumentation and correlator technology, into Malvern Instruments products.

This unique agreement provides Malvern Instruments with exclusive access to ALV's world-class light scattering and correlator technology. A planned programme for the transfer of intellectual property and knowledge is underway. The first new product to result from this joint venture is the Malvern CGS-3, a compact research grade multi-angle light scattering spectrometer, launched at Pittcon 2003 (Orlando, USA: 9-13 March 2003).

The agreement with ALV illustrates Malvern's continuing commitment to providing solutions for the whole of the light scattering community.

The new product - the Malvern CGS-3 - is based on ALV's many years of experience in the field of light scattering. With the emphasis on the ability to make precise, accurate and very reproducible static (SLS) and dynamic light scattering measurements (DLS) simultaneously, the product has been designed to eliminate many of the practical issues traditionally associated with the routine use of research grade light scattering goniometers.

Static and dynamic light scattering measurements can be used to determine certain physical parameters including: molecular weight (Mw), radius-of-gyration (Rg), A2 the second virial coefficient and hydrodynamic radius (Rh). Typical materials include macromolecules (for example; proteins, polymers, polysaccharides and others).

Static and dynamic light scattering measurements can be used to determine certain physical parameters including: molecular weight (Mw), radius-of-gyration (Rg), A2 the second virial coefficient and hydrodynamic radius (Rh). Typical materials include macromolecules (for example; proteins, polymers, polysaccharides and others).

These measurements have particular application in the characterization of colloidal systems, proteins and macromolecules in solution; areas of growing importance in biotechnology, drug development and pharmaceutical formulation, for example, as well as traditional applications in the chemical industry.

Commenting on the agreement, Paul Walker, Managing Director of Malvern Instruments, said: "ALV's excellence and expertise in light scattering technology is respected world-wide and we are very pleased to have developed a relationship that allows us exclusive access to the company's light scattering and correlator technology. There is an exceptional fit between our two companies, and as world leaders we share the same concern to provide high quality, technically advanced products that properly serve the needs of customers."

Wilhelm Peters, General Manager of ALV-GmbH, gave a warm welcome to the agreement saying: "ALV-GmbH greatly appreciates its continuing relationship with Malvern Instruments following their successful introduction of the NIBS technology, in the form of the HPPS particle sizer, to the international market, and we look forward now to entering into a special relationship between our both companies. Malvern Instruments' wide network of contacts, their relationships with users of submicron particle size analyzers and their expertise in this field, will ensure the effective and rapid development of the full potential of the Malvern CGS-3 product in the target markets."

Quelle: Malvern Instruments




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