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Thermo Fisher Scientific and Markes International announce global distribution agreement
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Thermo Fisher Scientific and Markes International announce global distribution agreement

November 11, 2009

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Markes International Announce Global Distribution Agreement

AUSTIN, Texas (November 11, 2009) – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced a strategic agreement with Markes International. This new agreement covers non-exclusive, global distribution of Markes Thermal Desorption (TD) instruments that are used in conjunction with Thermo Scientific gas chromatographs (GC) and Thermo Scientific gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers (GC/MS).

This agreement will allow customers requiring thermal desorption to realize productivity gains that Thermo Scientific GC and GC/MS instruments offer. Both TD-enabled GC and GC/MS technologies are now available as original equipment from Thermo Fisher, allowing thermal desorption chromatographers to benefit from Thermo Fisher’s world class installation, service and support.

“The addition of Markes’ world-leading technologies in thermal desorption to our already rich portfolio of sampling options in liquid, headspace and SPME injection means that Thermo Scientific GC and GC/MS systems can be used in even more versatile ways,” said Joergen Olsson, director of marketing for GC and GC/MS, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “This allows scientists to choose the optimized approach that is ideally suited for their analytical challenge.”

Importance of Thermal desorption 

Thermal desorption is an important sample extraction technique that provides trace levels of detection of both volatile and semi-volatile components in a wide variety of sample matrices.

Alun Cole, director of Markes International explains, “The role of Thermal Desorption as a sample preparation technique continues to expand, finding new applications across many different sample types. The addition of Thermo Scientific worldwide resources to the distribution of Markes Thermal Desorption products extends the opportunity for scientists to access these latest innovations as a part of their GC and GC/MS solution.”

Commonly referred to as one of the “cleanest” sample extraction techniques, thermal desorption offers minimal matrix interference, when compared to more traditional sample extraction techniques, and it can significantly improve levels of detection.

For more information about the Thermo Scientific GC and GC/MS chromatography systems, please call +1 866-463-6522, e-mail ( or visit:

For further press information please contact: Celine Callender, The Scott Partnership, 1 Whiteside, Station Road, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. CW4 8AA United Kingdom Tel: + 44 1477 539539 Fax: +44 1606 1477 539540 E-mail:


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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 2008 revenues of $10.5 billion, we have approximately 34,000 employees 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

About Markes International Limited

Markes provides an innovative range of instrumentation, accessories and consumables for enhancing trace GC/MS analysis. Products include: thermal desorption (TD) instruments, headspace-TD technology and a broad portfolio of sampling accessories covering air sampling, materials emissions testing, breath sampling, soil gas analysis and direct desorption of volatiles from materials. Further information is available from the company on its Web site (, by e-mail ( or phone +44 (0) 1443 230935.