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Waters Brings Advanced Laboratory Data Management to Microsoft's BioIT Alliance
BioIT Alliance Dedicated to Advancing Personalized Medicine by Improving Information Management
MILFORD, Mass., Sept 02, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) today announced that it has joined the BioIT Alliance, an initiative spearheaded by Microsoft Corporation involving more than 80 pharmaceutical, biotech, laboratory instrument and software companies working together to realize the potential of personalized medicine. Waters(R) Informatics Business will work with industry leaders to develop standardized conventions for sharing scientific data based on Microsoft(R) technology.

"Having implemented Waters NuGenesis(R) Scientific Data Management System (SDMS) in laboratories all over the world, Waters is uniquely positioned to contribute to the BioIT Alliance because we understand how effective laboratories collect, manage and share scientific data," said Phil Kilby, Senior Manager, Informatics Business and Partnership Development for the Waters Division. "Waters core informatics strategy promotes openness and interoperability. This basic philosophy aligns perfectively with the BioIT's goals of improving information management to better connect scientific research to individual healthcare."

The BioIT Alliance explores new ways to share complex scientific data and speed the pace of discovery in the life sciences, abbreviating the time between discovery of new biological data and the application of that knowledge to human health. It brings together science and technology leaders to consider innovative ways to address the challenges of integration, collaboration and knowledge management that cannot be solved by any single company. Members use Microsoft technologies to reduce costs and streamline research by advocating for and creating IT solutions intended to standardize practices for data capture, archiving, and dissemination.

"By welcoming Waters to the BioIT Alliance, we are partnering with a company that understands the information management needs of the laboratory," said Rudy Potenzone, Worldwide Industry Technology Strategist for Pharmaceuticals at Microsoft and BioIT Alliance Coordinator. "We rely on member companies to advance the state-of-the-art in BioIT by coordinating proof-of-concept applications that illustrate the use of Microsoft IT technology in solving critical problems for life sciences companies. We look forward to Waters contributions to this effort."

About Waters NuGenesis SDMS

By giving laboratories the ability to collect and catalogue all relevant information, hundreds of laboratories at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical/industrial companies have standardized on NuGenesis SDMS. These customers have found quantifiable benefits for accelerating research, improving collaboration among scientists, preserving data for the long term and providing documentation and protection for intellectual property and 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.

The year 2008 marks Waters 50th year of analytical instrument industry leadership. Waters informatics products are key components of Waters applications-based instrument and software solutions for the laboratory. For more information on Waters informatics products, visit: http://www.waters.com/informatics.

About Waters Corporation (http://www.waters.com)

Waters Corporation creates business advantages 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 $1.47 billion in 2007 and 5,000 employees, Waters is driving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.

About the Microsoft BioIT Alliance

Formed in 2006, the BioIT Alliance is a cross-industry group working to integrate science and technology in order to accelerate the pace of drug discovery and realize the potential of personalized medicine. Founding members include many key companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, hardware and software industries. Additional information about the BioIT Alliance can be found on the BioIT Alliance Web site at http://www.bioitalliance.org.

Waters and NuGenesis are trademarks of Waters Corporation. Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

Contact:
Brian J. Murphy
Waters Corporation
Public Relations Manager
508-482-2614
Brian_J_Murphy@waters.com

SOURCE Waters Corporation

http://www.waters.com