PHOTONIS USA Selected as Development Partner by IonSense, Inc.

Companies will Co-develop Products to Jointly Advance DART-MS Technologies

June 25, 2012  -  Sturbridge, MA ­ PHOTONIS USA, a leading electro-optic manufacturer, announced that they have signed a development partnership agreement with IonSense, Inc. of Saugus, MA. The agreement will further enhance the sampling capabilities in IonSense's direct analysis in real time (DART) source products while protecting the applicable patents of both companies. DART-MS is a technique that ionizes samples in open air and projects the gas vapors into a mass spectrometer for analysis. IonSense has developed a series of simple, low-cost DART source products aimed at routine or specific analysis. PHOTONIS USA is the industry leader in mass spectrometer sensors and detectors, and holds several patents on its resistive glass inlet tubes that enhance sample throughput. The company recently released an new IMS analyzer platform for use with analytical instruments at the ASMS show in May. The companies expect to begin joint development work in the summer of 2012.

About the companies:

PHOTONIS is a multi-national high-technology group with more than 40 years experience in manufacture, sales, and innovation of specialized photo-sensor and electro-optic technologies. The PHOTONIS Group operates internationally in the Night Vision, Industrial, Scientific, Medical and Imaging markets. PHOTONIS USA designs and manufactures a wide range of custom and standardized components and assemblies for mass spectrometry as well as other medical, bio-medical and scientific instruments, and holds several patents in these fields. For more information, please visit the web site at

IonSense, Inc. ( is a Massachusetts-based company providing OpenSpot Mass Spectrometry solutions to the fields of food safety, forensics, drug development, and chemical analysis. They manufacture and develop direct analysis in real time (DART®) and atmospheric solids analysis probe (ASAP ) technology. The company provides sources and accessories for JEOL, ThermoFisher, Agilent, AB SCIEX, Bruker, Shimadzu, and Waters mass spectrometers. IonSense products including DART and ASAP technologies are distributed in Europe by KR Analytical Ltd, in China by ASPEC Technologies, in Japan by AMR Inc., in India by Orochem India, in Korea by Omics Biotech, in Canada by VBM Consulting Ltd., and in Israel by Mercury Scientific.

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