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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced it will showcase its comprehensive laboratory instrumentation and informatics solutions for food, beverage and agricultural applications at the 2008 Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) annual meeting and exposition. The company will exhibit its food safety portfolio under its premier Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific brands at booths 201, 203 and 205 at AOAC 2008 in Dallas from September 21-24, 2008.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Demonstrates Leading Technologies for Food Safety at AOAC

Dallas, TX | Posted on September 22nd, 2008

"We are pleased to highlight our comprehensive range of solutions to meet the growing demands of our customers - and the global regulatory agencies that oversee them - as they strive to ensure the quality and safety of our food supply chain," said Marc N. Casper, chief operating officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific. The company's products are used for testing during all stages of food production, from the farm to the consumer's table.

Thermo Scientific laboratory instrumentation is robust enough for demanding applications in the field, but also precise enough to detect exceptionally low concentrations of potentially harmful residues in food, beverages, animal feeds and fertilizers. At AOAC, Thermo Fisher will demonstrate how its instruments detect extremely low levels of pesticides, metabolites, pathogens and other compounds within complex samples.

For example, scientists in the booth will test beef and chicken samples using a workflow that includes the Thermo Scientific Exactive™, the revolutionary new bench-top liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) system, and the Thermo Scientific Aria™ TLX, which accelerates testing by allowing prepared food samples to be injected directly into the mass spectrometry system. The workflow will also feature the company's high-quality Remel microbiology products, including dehydrated culture media and Dry Spot testing kits that provide an easy-to-use, rapid means of testing for food pathogens such as E. coli.

In addition, the unique capabilities of the Thermo Scientific Arena 30 discrete photometric analyzer will be highlighted in a workflow designed for beverage testing. This automated, multi-component analyzer can be used during the processing of a range of beverages, including juice, wine and drinking water, for the identification of substances known to produce spoilage and "off" flavors.

Finally, the company will feature a Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantum triple quadrupole system in combination with the new Thermo Scientific TriPlus™ Autosampler. These systems, which will be shown as part of a workflow for testing fruit and vegetables, are used widely today to detect a broad range of contaminants in food, animal feeds and fertilizer. The workflow will also showcase Thermo Scientific Nautilus LIMS™ (laboratory informatics management system), which is deployed at leading food and beverage companies and laboratories as a comprehensive data management solution to meet their growing need to track, schedule and report on samples and results from food safety testing.

The three primary workflows in the booth will feature the company's extensive range of complementary equipment, chemicals, consumables, media, safety and hygiene products, available through its industry-leading Fisher Scientific catalogs.

At AOAC 2008, Thermo Fisher will host a number of poster sessions and deliver a presentation entitled, "The New Era of Food Safety Methods through Advances in Mass Spectrometry." The presentation, which covers new food safety methods and technologies from the European Community, Japan and the United States, will be held on Tuesday, September 23, at 9:45 a.m. in the Cumberland KL room.

For more information about Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific food, beverage and agriculture solutions, visit booths 201, 203 and 205 at AOAC from September 21-24, 2008. Alternatively, please call +1 800-532-4752, e-mail or visit www.thermo.com.

Thermo Scientific is part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science.

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About Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc
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 annual revenues of $10 billion, we have more than 30,000 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.

The following constitutes a “Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 28, 2008, under the caption “Risk Factors,” which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available in the “Investors” section of our Website under the heading “SEC Filings.” Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to: competition and its effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; the need to develop new products and adapt to significant technological change; implementation of strategies for improving internal growth; use and protection of intellectual property; dependence on customers’ capital spending policies and government funding policies; realization of potential future savings from new productivity initiatives; general worldwide economic conditions and related uncertainties; the effect of changes in governmental regulations; the effect of exchange rate fluctuations on international operations; the effect of laws and regulations governing government contracts; the effect of competing with certain of our customers and suppliers; and the effect of rapid changes in the healthcare industry. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change and, therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to today.

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