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Waters ACQUITY QDa Mass Detector Receives Pittcon Today Excellence Gold Award

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 6, 2017-- Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) today received a Pittcon Today Excellence Gold Award for its ACQUITY® QDa Mass Detector at the Pittcon 2017 Conference and Expo.

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Accepting the Pittcon Today Excellence Gold Award on behalf of Waters Corporation are (l. to r.) Ste ...

Accepting the Pittcon Today Excellence Gold Award on behalf of Waters Corporation are (l. to r.) Steve McDonough, John van Antwerp, Mike Harrington, Diane Diehl, and Tom Wheat. (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are truly grateful to Pittcon Today magazine and to the judges for this award. Since the introduction of the ACQUITY QDa Mass Detector in 2013, the barriers that once prevented scientists from having immediate access to mass data have come down," said Dr. Mike Harrington, Senior Vice President, Global Markets, Waters Corporation. “Whether used for reducing method development times, improving the efficiency of compound purification workflows or even for teaching the fundamentals of MS to undergraduates in academic institutes, the ACQUITY QDa continues to broaden the accessibility of mass data to our LC customers.”

The award winners were determined by a blue chip panel of experts consisting of thought leaders across academia, industry and trade media. Judges evaluated entries based on ingenuity, creativity, implementation and outcomes with the principal criterion being the projected impact the product will have on the industry and the world.

About the Waters® ACQUITY QDa Mass Detector

The ACQUITY QDa Detector is a small, easy-to-use and affordable mass detector that brings high-quality mass spectral information to chromatographic separations at the push of a button. Mass spectral information greatly enhances chemical compound identification, something that is very important to laboratories doing method development, sample profiling, chemical synthesis and purification.

Launched in 2013, the Waters ACQUITY QDa Mass Detector has fundamentally changed the way chromatographers and other scientists think of mass spectrometry and the confidence they have in their data. For the first time, they have a mass detector that can gives them instantaneous mass spectral data on every sample component; no longer are they required to send out samples to a mass spectrometry lab for nominal mass data.

In an article published by Merck1, the authors pointed to utility of the QDa Detector for reaction monitoring, impurity identification, trace genotoxic impurity quantitation and biomolecule assays. They further state the recent development of this type of detector has enabled the “rollout of this important technology well beyond the initial user base of researchers in drug metabolism and bioanalysis to the direct support of research areas such as discovery chemistry, process chemistry, chemical engineering, manufacturing and formulation sciences.”

The QDa Detector is covered by 30+ patents, was recognized as a top innovation for 2013 by The Analytical Scientist magazine and won a Pittcon Editors Silver Award in 2014.

About Waters Corporation (

Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) develops and manufactures advanced analytical and material science technologies for laboratory dependent organizations. For more than 50 years, the company has pioneered a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis systems.

1. The Emergence of Low-Cost Compact Mass Spectrometry Detectors for Chromatographic Analysis (TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry)

Waters and ACQUITY are trademarks of Waters Corporation.

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