Agilent Technologies and ACD/Labs Sign Collaborative Marketing Agreement on Method Development Software

Agilent's Popular LC Systems Now Compatible with Powerful ACD/AutoChrom Method Development Software

SANTA CLARA, CA, USA, and TORONTO, Canada, March 5, 2008—Agilent Technologies, Inc., and Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., (ACD/Labs) today announced that they have signed an agreement, effective March 1st, to co-market ACD/AutoChrom for ChemStation software that automates method development for Agilent HPLC, Rapid Resolution LC, and LC/MS systems. This new software is designed to help chromatographers develop better, more robust methods, in less time.

ACD/AutoChrom combines full instrument control via Agilent ChemStation with the ability to direct rational, computer-assisted method development. AutoChrom can perform flexible combinations of column, solvent, and buffer screening experiments, as well as automatic method optimization. Automated component tracking between injections based on MS and UV spectral similarity make it easier than ever to evaluate the results of screening experiments. Once the experiments are complete, the data are automatically transferred from ChemStation back to AutoChrom for processing, interpretation, and assisted decision-making; saving time and helping the user make better decisions about the next experiment to perform.

"We are very impressed with the ability of AutoChrom to automatically generate complex injection sequences, such as intelligent solvent and buffer combinations and the sophisticated data evaluation tools, which will save the user a significant amount of time," said Michael Frank, Agilent product manager, Pharmaceutical Solutions. "We are also happy that AutoChrom is compatible with our Rapid Resolution LC system, the most flexible LC on the market."

"ACD/Labs is pleased to continue our collaboration with Agilent," said Michael McBrien, Chromatography product manager, ACD/Labs. "We have worked with them in the past when designing our method development tools; AutoChrom takes the collaboration a step further to maximize benefit to users of the most popular chromatographic data systems in the world."

ACD/AutoChrom for ChemStation currently supports Agilent 1100, 1200, and 1200 SL Series liquid chromatographs, and model G1946 and G1956 mass spectrometers. Support for Agilent 6100 Series mass spectrometers is in development, and is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2008. ACD/AutoChrom for ChemStation is available from ACD/Labs. For more information, visit www.acdlabs.com/autochrom.

About ACD/Labs
Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. (ACD/Labs) is a chemistry software company offering solutions that truly integrate chemical structures with analytical chemistry information to produce ChemAnalytics. ACD/Labs creates innovative software packages that aid chemical research scientists worldwide with spectroscopic validation of structures, elucidation of unknown substances, chromatographic separation, medicinal chemistry, preformulation of novel drug agents, systematic nomenclature generation, and chemical patenting and publication. Combined, ACD/Labs' solutions create an analytical informatics system that provides dramatic feed-forward effects on the chemical and pharmaceutical research process. Founded in 1994, and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, ACD/Labs employs a team of over 145 dedicated individuals whose continual efforts carry ACD/Labs' innovative technologies into pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical and materials companies throughout the world. Information about Advanced Chemistry Development and its products is available at www.acdlabs.com.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.