Thermo Fisher Scientific to Develop Next-Generation Laboratory Software Solutions on Microsoft Platform

CHICAGO, Ill. (February 27, 2007) - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, announced today that it has established a working relationship with Microsoft aimed at developing next-generation laboratory knowledge management solutions designed to move science forward at an accelerated rate. The products will be built on Microsoft's technology platform.

Thermo Fisher's unparalleled laboratory informatics experience, deep industry knowledge and world-class software development expertise - coupled with Microsoft's scalable, secure and flexible open standards technologies - will allow the development of easy-to-use software tools that increase laboratory productivity with less risk and a superior user experience.

"We're encouraged that Thermo Fisher Scientific will build its next-generation application on Microsoft's technology platform," said Paul Mattes, life sciences industry solutions director, Microsoft's U.S. Healthcare and Life Sciences Group. "Ultimately, this will benefit life sciences customers who will be able to take advantage of Thermo Fisher's in-depth industry expertise combined with Microsoft's scalable, secure and easy-to-integrate software platform."

Thermo Fisher has already developed Darwin LIMS(TM), its purpose-built laboratory information management system (LIMS) for pharmaceutical manufacturing R&D and QA/QC, on the Microsoft®.NET platform. In addition, SampleManager LIMS(TM), Thermo Fisher's flagship product for process industries, is now supported on the SQL server(TM), providing customers with a choice of databases. Last month, Thermo Fisher announced that it is more committed than ever to support the open XML standards for data exchange as a member of the Microsoft Bio-IT Alliance. The alliance unites leaders in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, hardware and software industries to explore new ways of sharing complex biomedical data and collaborate among multidisciplinary teams to ultimately speed the pace of drug discovery and development.

The two companies are working together to continue to provide customers with end-to-end solutions for data acquisition storage and analysis. Thermo Fisher is now working on a new Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) solution that will be based on the Microsoft.Net 3.0 Framework. ELNs, as a category, are designed to replace the paper notebooks in which scientists and researchers record extensive notes resulting from their experiments and processes. In addition to collaborating with their colleagues, scientists will use the ELN to access unstructured research and reference information as well as the structured laboratory testing information that resides in LIMS and chromatography data systems (CDS).

"This is an exciting time for customers who are anxious to break down data silos and electronically capture information generated in the laboratory to give that data meaningful context for more effective decision-making and knowledge management," said Dave Champagne, vice president and general manager of informatics for Thermo Fisher. "Our collaboration with Microsoft provides us with best-in-class technologies and tools to build enterprise-wide solutions that address our customers' entire value chain. They can now aggregate both structured and unstructured data to look for relationships and trends that enrich their knowledge and understanding."

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Microsoft have responded to customer needs to develop solutions that bring a whole new level of functionality and interoperability to the marketplace.

For more information about Thermo Scientific informatics solutions please call 866-463-6522, e-mail or visit

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About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With an annual revenue rate of more than $9 billion, we employ 30,000 people and serve over 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. Serving customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, we help solve analytical challenges from routine testing to complex research and discovery. Thermo Scientific offers customers a complete range of high-end analytical instruments as well as laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables and reagents to enable integrated laboratory workflow solutions. Fisher Scientific provides a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in healthcare, scientific research, safety and education. Together, we offer the most convenient purchasing options to customers and continuously advance our technologies to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, enhance value for customers and fuel growth for shareholders and employees alike. Visit

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