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LESA Points Upgrade Now Available
October 20, 2010 (
...LESA Points software, a planned user enhancement to the system. LESA offers direct surface analysis without the need for sample preparation from TLC plates, tissue slices, MALDI plates, dried blood spots and any other planar surface with extractable analytes. Benefits of the system include more information from complex samples, time-savings, and increased sensitivity.

September 16: LESA Webinar
August 18, 2010 (
Thursday, 16 September 2010 at 11 AM US/EDT, Thomas Covey will describe how various organizations are incorporating the fast, simple, and direct method of LESA – Liquid Extraction Surface Analysis – into their labs.

Experts, editors pick top high technology innovations of the year
July 8, 2010 (
The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the winners of the 48th annual R&D 100 Awards, which salute the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

ORNL wins eight R&D 100 Awards
July 8, 2010 ( / / Medical News Today)
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been honored with eight awards in the annual R&D 100 Awards by R&D Magazine. Sometimes referred to as the "Academy Awards of Science,"the magazine selected winners for development of "one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of 2010.

AB SCIEX Partners with Advion BioSystems to Commercialize ORNL Sampling Systems
July, 2010 (
AB SCIEX, a global leader in life science analytical systems, has exclusively licensed a sampling system for mass spectrometry developed by researchers in Gary Van Berkel's group at ORNL.

A Bit of TLC for MS
June 15, 2010 (
Thin-layer chromatography plates have been analyzed by mass spectrometry one way or another for many years, with each new surface ionization technique being applied as they came along.

LESA: Available for Purchase
March 10, 2010 (
Combining the ease and speed of direct surface analysis with the power and soft ionization of chip-based nanoelectrospray mass spectrometry

ORNL's material sampler gets technology of year
March 8, 2010 (
A technology developed by Gary Van Berkel and Vilmos Kertesz of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Chemical Sciences Division was named tech-transfer project of the year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.

ORNL earns project of year award from tech transfer group
March 8, 2010 (
A technology that can enhance collecting of data from studying the compositions on a material surface has earned the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory the Excellence in Technology Transfer Project of the Year Award from the Southeast Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.

Liquid Extraction Based Surface Sampling Probes for MS Drug Analysis in Blood and Tissue Samples
February 2010 (Separation Science Europe)
The utility of a liquid extracion based sealing surface sampling probe (SSSP) and a robot liquid microjunction surface sampling probe (LMJ-SSP) for the direct mass spectrometric analysis of targeted drugs and metabolites in dried blood spots (DBSs) and whole mouse thin tissue sections was demonstrated by Drs Gary van Berkel and Vilmos Kertesz from the Organic and Biological Mass Spectrometry Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Unusual MS surface sampling/ionization technique for dried blood spot analysis
November 2009 (Bioanalysis)
Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated the efficacy of a probe for direct targeted analysis of drugs and metabolites in dried blood spots (DBSs) and tissue sections.

Mass Spectrometry - Mass Compatibility
Sep 4, 2009 (Medical News Today )
...Gary Van Berkel, who heads ORNL's Organic and Biological Mass Spectrometry group, and colleagues have teamed with thin-layer chromatography companies Camag and Merck KGaA to develop mass spectrometry techniques that are compatible with TLC.

Modernizing TLC: New instrumentation, materials, and analysis techniques take lab staple into high-performance arena
May 2009 (C&EN)
Now, new planar chromatography instrumentation and stationary phases and improvements in MS are opening up TLC to applications that go far beyond a mere quick check on the progress of a chemical reaction.

Unique Research Partnership Announced By GUMC And Oak Ridge
Oct 26, 2008 (Medical News Today)
Georgetown University Medical Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have announced an agreement between the institutions that formalizes their research relationship and will help facilitate additional biomedical research - particularly in the areas of structural biology, systems genetics, biomarkers, computational biology, and radiation biology.