Imperial College

So many molecules, so little time.

The human body is composed of thousands of different cell types. They communicate with each other partly through small molecules. Understanding the communication mechanisms can reveal much about the disease process.

Seeking that understanding are the scientists in the Department of BioMolecular Medicine at Imperial College (UK). The biggest challenge on their path to discovery is characterizing and classifying the different molecules, hundreds to thousands of molecules per sample, in a myriad of combinations, many of the molecules unknown.

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To succeed, these scientists need chromatography separations of extremely high resolution done with lightning-bolt efficiency.

No surprise, they rely on Waters equipment.

The ACQUITY UPLC System is invaluable to their work. In fact, for this specific type of analysis, the resolution attainable in separating compounds is about four times better than any other commercially available system. Four times higher resolution translates into another major benefit: Results in about one-fourth the time.

In conjunction with Waters time-of-flight mass spectrometry, the men and women of Imperial College have an incredibly powerful analytical tool capable of measuring hundreds of thousands of molecules at the same time from one sample.

So many molecules in so little time. Thanks to Waters.

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