With each new year it is our pleasure to provide you with a new edition of the Bruker Almanac. This tradition has been much appreciated by our customers world-wide for three decades. During this period Bruker has introduced numerous innovations in analytical instrumentation. These new technologies have served to increase the quality of analytical research in general and have had a significant impact on analytical applications in such diverse areas as the life sciences, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, clinical research, or materials science. Our permanent investment in technological progress is aimed to further enhance the performance characteristics and ease-of-use of our analytical instrumentation, and, of course, major innovations have also been made in 2008. The Almanac 2009 provides an overview of our comprehensive product lines.