Metabolomic Discoveries GmbH has licensed the TagFinder software developed by the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm. This software forms part of a new method for analysing metabolites in foods such as fruit and vegetables, for quality control.
In contrast to existing methods, which can only identify a handful of metabolites, TagFinder can identify hundreds of metabolites in a sample, using high resolution mass spectrometry to create a typical decay pattern for each metabolite.
These patterns, in effect a fingerprint for each substance, are then matched with the extensive mass spectra database of Metabolomic Discoveries.“For a long time, identifying vast numbers of metabolites in a sample was a major problem in metabolomics. With this software we are now able to offer our customers a highly accurate and robust analysis of hundreds of known and unknown metabolites,” said Nicolas Schauer, CEO of Metabolomic Discoveries GmbH.