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University of Western Australia. (7/26/12). "Press Release: Technology Partnership to Tackle Society’s Big Challenges".

Region Region Australia
Organisation Organisation University of Western Australia (UWA)
Products Product mass spectrometry solution/method
  Product 2 Agilent LC-QTOF system (product series)
Index terms Index term Agilent–Univ Western Australia: mass spectrometry, 201207– collab 5y development of life science applications
  Index term 2 Univ Western Australia–Agilent: mass spectrometer, 201207c supply donation of Agilent LC-QTOF system via Agilent Global Academia Program
Person Person Minett, Rod (Agilent 201207 General Manager Agilent life science business in South Korea + Asia Pacific region)

[ Picture: Dorothy Hahne, Michael Clarke and George Yeoh with new Agilent equipment ]

The University of Western Australia has teamed up with one of the world's leaders in measurement technology committing to a five-year collaboration that will enable the development of ground-breaking applications in Life Sciences.

The partnership with Agilent Technologies will contribute to UWA's local, national and international research and teaching alliances through the Centre of Metabolomics, The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and the UWA Comparative Analysis of Biomolecular Networks Research and Training Centre.

The UWA Centres have agreed to put Agilent platform technologies and applications to the test in an effort to advance international training opportunities while furthering research into some of society's big challenges in health, food production and the environment.

Through its Agilent Global Academia Program, Agilent has already donated a high-resolution mass spectrometer, used to provide accurate metabolomic analysis of molecules in complex samples, as well as cash grants as part of the five-year collaboration with UWA.

Researchers are excited at the opportunity of a big increase in capability in areas of research including drug discovery and metabolism, innovative pathway mapping in diseases such as cancer and diabetes, environmental pollution characterisation, food analysis and disease biomarker discovery.

Metabolomics is the analysis of metabolites (the products of a metabolic reaction) in biological samples and this type of analysis is provided for researchers by the UWA Centre for Metabolomics. The centre supports biological research from many disciplines including plant, animal and medical sciences.

Winthrop Professor Steven Smith, Director of the Centre for Metabolomics, welcomed the arrival of the critical new infrastructure to UWA. "It will provide cutting-edge metabolomics technology for use by many researchers in diverse areas throughout UWA and the State," he said.

Leading liver cancer researcher Professor George Yeoh, explained the new LC-QTOF mass spectrometer will help to identify pathway targets that can be used against cancer cells, as well as for monitoring outcomes of strategies to control cancer cells.

"We expect that many pathways that have been implicated in tumour development will be more accurately and comprehensively assessed for the first time," he said.

Rod Minett, general manager, Life Sciences, South Asia Pacific and Korea, at Agilent, said the company had formed a strong partnership with the national Metabolomics Australia network and with researchers at UWA.

"We see real benefit in supporting the UWA Centre for Metabolomics to provide the best quality metabolomics analysis to assist researchers," he said. "The LC-QTOF will give this centre advanced capability and allow the development of new applications to measure small molecules in many areas including biomedical science, environmental science, plant and oceans research."

Agilent will provide additional assistance to the centre to support researchers through its experienced applications specialists located in Australia and overseas.

Media references

Research Assistant Professor Michael Clarke (UWA Centre for Metabolomics) (+61 4) 03 355 094
SuiChing Low (Agilent Technologies Press Relations) (+65) 6215 8975
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716

Record changed: 2016-03-19


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