Product News: New Software Toolset Advances Small Molecule Analysis

Easy-to-use software helps identify unknown compounds and extracts high-confidence understanding from complex mass spectra

07 Jun 2018

Scientists working in metabolomics, pharmaceuticals, food safety, and environmental and forensic science can now use a fully integrated software toolkit to transform complex, unknown mass spectra generated from small molecule analysis into actionable data.

The new Thermo Scientific Compound Discoverer 3.0 software is an integrated  set  of  libraries, databases and  statistical  analysis tools linked in customizable workflows. The  software processes the information-rich data generated from high-resolution accurate-mass (HRAM) Orbitrap mass spectrometers and transforms it into meaningful results. The  software  is  easy  to use and designed to require minimal training or expertise. Thermo Fisher Scientific is showcasing the new software during the 66th American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Conference, held June 3-7, in the Sapphire Ballroom ABEF at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego.

“Full-scan mass spectrometry systems for small molecule applications create large amounts of information-rich  data, making extracting  meaningful  insights  with  a  high  degree  of  confidenceand  data  processing efficiency challenging,”  said  Ken  Miller,  vice  president,  omics  marketing,  chromatography  and  mass spectrometry,  Thermo  Fisher. “The new Compound Discoverer 3.0 software enables our customers conducting small molecule analysis to seamlessly ‘compound insights’ –from spectra to structure –turning data into actionable knowledge.”

“Compound Discoverer 3.0 software is a powerful, versatile and easy-to-use solution for MS-based isotopic labeling studies,” said Juan Moises Sanchez, associate scientist, bioanalytical chemistry, Intrexon. “Highly customizable workflows consist of logically connected nodes, including  spectral pre-processing, multi-library searches, statistics, in silico fragmentation and isotope labeling patterns, among others. Implementation of this software has reduced our bioinformatics lead time and improved the impact of our research in the areas of high-throughput untargeted metabolomics, structural elucidation of unknowns and carbon fate studies.”

Scientists performing small molecule analysis with the Compound Discoverer 3.0 software can benefit from:

  • A fully integrated, untargeted stable isotope flux workflow and customizable pathway tool
  • Identification of unknowns through the use of MS/MS libraries and online chemical databases
  • Elucidating structures by annotating spectra peaks, designed to enable the quick visualization and interpretation of complex data
  • Customizable workflows designed to reduce processing time, transforming mass spectral data into results with great speed
  • Finding real differences in data through built-in, user-friendly statistical chart visualization and heatmap tools
  • Tailored reporting that facilitates the sharing of data across multiple formats, or its  transfer to other informatics solutions, that can save time and help maximize data potential

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