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R&D 100 Award for Waters CORTECS UPLC Columns

Solid Core Columns Recipient of R&D Magazine Award for Innovation Excellence

MILFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 15, 2014-- Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) today announced that R&D Magazine selected Waters® CORTECS® UPLC 1.6 micron Columns as a recipient of an R&D 100 Award as one of “the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.”

The Waters CORTECS UPLC 1.6 micron Columns are the recipient of an R&D Magazine R&D 100 Award. (Phot ...

The Waters CORTECS UPLC 1.6 micron Columns are the recipient of an R&D Magazine R&D 100 Award. (Photo: Business Wire)

When paired with low-dispersion ACQUITY UPLC® systems, CORTECS 1.6 micron Columns set a new standard in LC column performance when compared to sub 2-micron fully porous particles columns and other commercially-available sub 2-micron solid-core columns. The higher efficiency achieved with CORTECS Columns allows laboratories to produce greater amounts of information faster with every chromatographic separation.

“We are excited and proud that the experts at R&D Magazine recognized our CORTECS 1.6 micron Columns with this award,” said Mike Yelle, Vice President – Consumables Business Unit, Waters Division. “It is a testament to the hard work of our team of research scientists and engineers in creating advanced column technologies that address scientists' needs for greater resolution, speed and sensitivity.”

CORTECS Column particles feature a solid, impermeable silica core encased in a porous silica outer layer where the interactions between the stationary phase and the analytes occur. Waters CORTECS Applications Notebook describes dozens of applications for CORTECS columns, which are available in three basic chemistries. The CORTECS C18 Column is a general-purpose, high-efficiency, reversed-phase column offering balanced retention of acids, bases, and neutrals at low and mid-range pH. The CORTECS C18+ Column is a general-purpose, reversed-phase column with a positively charged surface that delivers excellent peak shape for basic compounds at low ionic strength acidic mobile phases. And the CORTECS HILIC Column, ideal for LC-MS analyses, is designed for the retention of extremely polar analytes and offers orthogonal selectivity versus C18 columns. In an independent study published in the Journal of Separations Science, researchers at the University of Geneva determined CORTECS 1.6 micron columns to be the best performing sub two-micron solid core column, providing the best balance of permeability and efficiency.1

The product of more than 40 years of bonding and surface technology know-how and over a decade of knowledge and expertise in sub-2-micron particle columns, Waters CORTECS 1.6 micron Columns deliver the full benefit of solid-core particle technology. Researchers have evaluated and documented that CORTECS UPLC Columns are an ideal balance of performance and practicality.

In May of this year, Waters expanded the CORTECS family of columns with the introduction of a new line of 2.7 micron particle columns. Designed for analytical scientists who need to maximize performance on their existing LC systems, CORTECS 2.7 micron Columns operate at HPLC-optimized pressures while delivering high efficiencies, giving scientists the flexibility to use longer column lengths to improve resolution and higher flow rates to speed method analysis times. The CORTECS 2.7 micron columns are also scaleable to CORTECS 1.6 micron columns enabling scientists to future proof their methods while optimizing the performance their existing HPLC instruments.

Since the R&D 100 award competition began, Waters has won eight R&D 100 awards, most recently for its Oasis® 96-Well (micro) Elution Extraction Plate, XTERRA® Columns, ACQUITY® UPLC System and the ACQUITY UPC System.

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About the R&D 100 Awards

Now in its 52nd year, the annual R&D 100 award competition conducted by R&D Magazine honors 100 of the most technologically significant products introduced during the previous 12 months. To qualify, winning products or processes must have been available for sale or licensing during the calendar year preceding the judging. Winners are chosen by an independent panel of experts.

R&D Magazine will celebrate the achievements of the winners during an award banquet on November 7 at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.

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Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success.

With revenue of $1.9 billion in 2013, Waters is driving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.

1. Balázs Bobály, D Guillarme, et al. J. Sep. Sci. 2014, 37, 189–197

Waters, XTERRA, Oasis, CORTECS, ACQUITY, ACQUITY UPLC and UPLC are trademarks of Waters Corporation.

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