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March 12, 2008  

Semrock Introduces Value-Priced EdgeBasic™ Optical Filters for Raman Spectroscopy and Fluorescence Imaging


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Semrock announces the addition of a new value-based line of optical edge filters for Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence imaging, thus significantly expanding its industry-leading product offerings. The new EdgeBasic long-wave-pass filters are hard-coated optical filters that share all the high transmission (98% typical) and laser-line blocking (optical density > 6) performance of Semrock's popular ultrasteep RazorEdge® filters, but with edge steepness that is tailored for cost-sensitive "application-specific" Raman systems that do not require measurement of the smallest possible Raman shifts, as well as for sensitive fluorescence imaging systems that demand maximum signal capture.

Like all of Semrock's thin-film optical filters, the new EdgeBasic filters are hard-coated using Semrock's ion-beam sputtering deposition process for permanent "no burn-out" optical durability and lasting reliability even in harsh environmental conditions, and are backed by an industry-leading five year warranty. These new filters also have extended blocking of light from the laser wavelength deep into the ultraviolet to enhance their suitability for fluorescence applications.

"Semrock has long been known for providing quality optical filters for cutting-edge applications like Raman spectroscopy," said Dr. Victor Mizrahi, President & CEO of Semrock. "We are now in a position to leverage our years of development to apply our sophisticated filter manufacturing technology to the more cost-conscious market for standard and high-volume applications. The introduction of these new EdgeBasic filters, following closely on the heels of our new value-priced BrightLine Basic fluorescence sets, demonstrates Semrock's ongoing commitment to bring superior products to the broad middle market. This level of performance and reliability was previously unheard of at these prices."



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Semrock manufactures quality optical filters that set the standard in performance and reliability for the biotech and analytical instrumentation markets. All Semrock optical filters are made with hard Ion Beam Sputtered optical coatings. OEM filters are manufactured in volume. End-users benefit from a wide selection of standard catalog products that ship from stock. Semrock's patented and patent-pending products include the highly acclaimed BrightLine® series of fluorescence filters for research and clinical microscopy, high-throughput screening, real-time PCR, and other fluorescence-based instrumentation; state-of-the-art filters for Raman spectroscopy; and other unique laser analytical instrumentation filters. Semrock's innovative products, made possible by combining modern ion-beam sputtering with Semrock's proprietary volume manufacturing technology, are covered under an industry-leading five-year warranty.

Founded in September 2000, Semrock is based in Rochester, New York, a well-known center of optics, and has sales offices throughout the United States. For additional information about Semrock, its products, and its team of international distributors, visit the company website at www.semrock.com.

BrightLine, RazorEdge and Semrock are registered trademarks, and EdgeBasic and BrightLine Basic are trademarks of Semrock, Inc.

Contact:
Amanda MacDonald
amacdonald@semrock.com
585-594-7000