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Waters and Northeastern University Open New Laboratory for Protein Research Focused on the World's Deadliest Diseases
Partnership combines strengths of innovative mass spectrometry technology and keen research understanding
MILFORD, Mass., May 1, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) and Northeastern University today opened the doors of the new Waters Mass Spectrometry Laboratory within the renowned Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis at the University. The new laboratory is dedicated to studying protein shapes and characteristics to provide pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovators with the tools necessary to develop new treatment options for some of the world's deadliest diseases, like AIDS and cancer.

"There are people all over the world working on all different aspects of this kind of research," said John R. Engen, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology and faculty fellow at the Institute. "What we intend to do is add a piece to the puzzle that will help researchers, scientists and doctors better understand these diseases and, ultimately, treat and cure them."

"The Barnett Institute is very grateful to Waters for its generous support," said Barry L. Karger, the James L. Waters chair in analytical chemistry and director of the Barnett Institute. "This cutting-edge facility will enhance the important work of Professor Engen and of the Institute as a whole."

As a demonstration of commitment, Douglas A. Berthiaume, Chairman, President and CEO of Waters Corporation, led a delegation of senior Waters executives, including Art Caputo, Executive Vice President and President of Waters Division, and James L. Waters, founder of Waters Corporation, at the laboratory opening ceremony hosted by Northeastern University.

"Waters has built its understanding of proteomics over nearly 50 years of experience developing and providing scientists with innovative compound separation techniques for laboratories around the world," said Caputo. "Northeastern University's focus on protein research and analysis to understand disease mechanisms at the molecular level is critical to the success in formulating new treatment options. Ultimately, we hope research from the new Waters Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at Northeastern University will produce the knowledge needed to cure the world's deadly diseases."

The Waters Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, named after Waters Corporation founder James L. Waters who is a member of the Barnett Institute advisory board, has been completely refurbished and equipped with four mass spectrometers including a Waters(R) Q-Tof Premier(TM) XE, LCT Classic, LCT Premier(TM) XE and Q-Tof(TM) API US which will be used to study protein conformation.

About Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university's distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit www.northeastern.edu.

About Waters Corporation (www.waters.com)

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) creates business advantage for laboratory- dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality worldwide.

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 $1.28 billion in 2006 and 4,700 employees, Waters is driving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.


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    Brian J. Murphy                Laura E. Shea
    Waters Corporation             Northeastern University
    Public Relations               Assistant Director of Communications &
    508-482-2614                    Public Relations
    Brian_J_Murphy@waters.com      617-373-5427
                                   l.shea@neu.edu

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