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Waters Corporation Ships Empower Chromatography Software

Data Quality with Improved Workflow Fuels Market Interest; Orders exceed company expectations, major installations underway

MILFORD, Mass., Sep 4, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Waters(R) Corporation (NYSE:WAT) announced that it is shipping Empower(TM) Software - a powerful, and flexible, Chromatography Data System (CDS) that offers new capabilities in chemical analysis and separations science technology. Empower has been met by a groundswell of customer support, signifying it as an evolutionary step in chromatography data software. Market interest is attributable to a program architecture that creates an intuitive user environment (by aligning product features with the skill level of operators) that enhances the workflow capabilities of the lab.

"As you can imagine, we are extremely excited about reaching this significant milestone, particularly since Empower Software has generated so much interest among industry scientists," said Art Caputo, President of the Waters Division of Waters Corporation. "The reaction to Empower shows that university, industrial, and pharmaceutical scientists have embraced the notion that time-tested easy-to-use software is as important as ever for managing scientific data - one of an organization's most important assets."

In collaboration with its customers, Waters' has designed a product that meets today's requirements for efficient lab operation. This calls for applying available resources to meet the goals of the business, without adding complexity. Empower Software can operate as a single point solution or within the enterprise-wide network, using a common server to store and process data. The combination of intuitive interfaces, database integration and industry-leading regulatory compliance features (e.g., audit trails and application security) promise to make Empower Software the industry standard.

One of the first companies to install Empower Software is Innopharm Inc. (Markham, Ontario, Canada), a leader in providing quality innovative analytical and regulatory services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health food industries. Innopharm Inc. purchased Empower Software to support their chromatography efforts throughout the entire laboratory operation.

"One of the reasons for selecting Empower Software was its comprehensive capabilities for compliance with 21 CFR Part 11", said Dr. Elagu Elaguppillai, President and CEO of Innopharm Inc. "Our customers demand very high levels of service. Which adds up to quality in analytic results and efficient workflow practices like electronic methods transfer and signatures. With Empower, we can equip our scientists with the right amount of product functionality, based on their familiarity with the system. This gives us an edge, without increasing compliance risk."

About Empower Software

Empower is a flexible, yet powerful tool in meeting this challenge. Empower Software represents a fundamental shift in CDS usability by replacing cumbersome add-ins (i.e., system components that provide added functionality through distinct installations) to a more scaleable switch-on approach. A single window construct allows the user to remain within the application, instead of accessing a range of applications using cascaded windows.

About Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT), headquartered in Milford, Massachusetts is the world's largest provider of HPLC instrumentation, chromatography chemistries, results management software, and related support services. The company reported record revenues of $859M for 2001 and has 3,500 employees. The company's Millennium chromatography software, first introduced in 1992, has more than 30,000 copies in use worldwide. More information on Waters Empower Software is available at http://www.waters.com/watersdivision/waters_website/Products/Empower/ empower_top.asp (Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser's URL address field.)

About Innopharm

Innopharm, Inc., located in Markham, Ontario, Canada, is an independent Canadian company, providing a multitude of services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, cosmetic, chemical and food industry. Method Development, Method Validation, Accelerated and Room Temperature Stability Studies, with storage capabilities, as per ICH Guidelines, routine analytical services (chemistry & microbiology), QC Releases, Compliance Audit of manufacturers and raw material suppliers, and regulatory submissions are the major strengths of the company. All aspects of Innopharm laboratory operations comply with the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). Innopharm facilities have been approved by Canadian Therapeutics Products Directorate (TPD) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Waters and Empower are trademarks of Waters Corporation. Innopharm is a trademark of Innopharm Corporation.

CONTACT: Waters Corporation Brian Murphy, 508/482-2614 brian_j_murphy@waters.com