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Marc Augsburger (CURML-UTCF (Centre Universitaire Romand de Medécine Légale, Unité de Toxicologie et CHimie Forensiques))

Augsburger, Marc (CURML-UTCF 201005 Operational Manager)


Organisation Organisation CURML-UTCF (Centre Universitaire Romand de Medécine Légale, Unité de Toxicologie et CHimie Forensiques)
  Group University of Lausanne (UNIL)
Products Product forensics
  Product 2 mass spectrometry services (MS services)

Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) S.A.. (5/21/10). "Press Release: GeneBio, CURML-UTCF Collaborate to Enhance SmileMS for Forensic Technology". Geneva & Lausanne.

Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) SA and the Centre Universitaire Romand de Medecine Legale - Unite de Toxicologie et Chimie Forensiques (CURML-UTCF / University Center of Legal Medicine, Lausanne-Geneva - Forensic Toxicology and Chemistry Unit) today announced their collaboration to enhance the capabilities of GeneBio's SmileMS software platform for large scale forensic toxicology studies on AB SCIEX Quadrupole Linear Ion Trap Systems. These enhancements will enable AB SCIEX users in forensic toxicology to rely on SmileMS for both further results optimization and production-compliant interactive visualization.

Developed in collaboration with major institutions such as the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and Prof. Denis Hochstrasser's group at the Geneva University Hospitals, SmileMS is an intuitive, reliable and versatile software for the identification of small molecules by mass spectrometry for fast routine analysis and in-depth research in application fields like Clinical, Forensics, Food Testing, Pharmaceutical, Environmental and Metabolomics. SmileMS targets the unmet yet growing need for efficient, automatable and versatile processes using LC-MS techniques for both targeted and unknown screening of small molecules.

The enhancements to the high throughput usage of SmileMS center on a study underway at the CURML-UTCF. Saliva from about 1,000 randomly-selected drivers was collected to complete toxicological analysis using LC-MSMS on an AB SCIEX QTRAP instrument. Analyses are being performed using SmileMS, and results so far show that a number of illicit substances can be easily identified with a high level of confidence using SmileMS.

"SmileMS performs admirably in our study in conjunction with the AB SCIEX mass spectrometer," said Dr. Marc Augsburger, Operational Manager of the CURML-UTCF. "Further fine-tuning of SmileMS in relation to our research and our routine analysis will positively benefit users in the domain of forensic toxicology; we look forward to working with GeneBio on this large scale project going forward."

"This is the logical next step for SmileMS on the road to market acceptability," said Nasri Nahas, CEO of GeneBio. "SmileMS has been created to work in real-world situations; testing and enhancements performed in conjunction with an entity such as the CURML-UTCF on specific instruments within a targeted field will only increase the overall marketability of our software. We are happy and proud to be working with Dr. Augsburger and the team at the CURML-UTCF."

For more information about SmileMS version 1.0, please visit the GeneBio booth (#131) and the AB SCIEX hospitality/demo suite at the 58th ASMS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, from May 23-27, 2010.

About GeneBio

Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) SA is a leading bioinformatics company providing the life science community with world-class software that bridges the gap between information gathering and knowledge generation. Established in 1997, we offer to the market a suite of software platforms and knowledge-bases targeted at small molecules screening and protein research. Close ties to academic peers and a thorough network of distribution and strategic partners give us both unfettered access to scientific excellence and recognized market presence so that we may best serve the scientific community. For more information about GeneBio, please visit:

About CURML (Centre Universitaire Romand de Medecine Legale)

Located at the University Hospitals of Lausanne and Geneva, the CURML has a staff of approximately 140 employees. Activities take place within seven specialized units which are forensic medicine, road traffic psychology/medicine, forensic psychiatry, medical law and human legal medicine, forensic genetics, forensic toxicology and chemistry and the Swiss laboratory for doping analysis. Find out more at:

GeneBio contact:

Mr. Olivier Philippe
Sales & Marketing Director
Tel. +41.22.702.99.00

CURML-UTCF contact:

Dr. Marc Augsburger
Operations Manager UTCF
Tel. +41.21.314.70.85

Record changed: 2011-11-25


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