Posted on Friday 5th April 2013
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has entered into a Technology Alliance Partner agreement with scientists at the University of Birmingham, UK, establishing a collaboration to accelerate research in high-resolution accurate mass (HRAM) and triple quadrupole liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) for life science applications.
The alliance will focus on two research areas:
Metabolomics, where the Thermo Fisher Scientific team will work with the laboratories of Professor Mark Viant and Dr. Warwick Dunn, to develop and test new hardware and software approaches for metabolite detection and identification for environmental and clinical .research
Proteomics, working with Dr Helen Cooper’s lab to exploit high resolution mass spectrometry and gas-phase ion chemistry for top-down and bottom-up analysis of proteins.
The Technology Alliance Partnership establishes a broad collaboration between Thermo Fisher Scientific and the University of Birmingham. It includes: engaging in research, sharing samples and data that could lead to development of better techniques, exchanging ideas for improving instrument and software performance, ongoing conversations about current technology issues, promoting the training of graduate students, and publishing new methodology and scientific advances.
Thermo Fisher’s Technology Alliance Partnership program is an ongoing initiative to drive innovation through the sharing of ideas and expertise between a number of academic research laboratories and the company.
“The University of Birmingham scientists share our drive to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer,” said Iain Mylchreest, vice president, research and development, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “We look forward to a very productive collaboration with this innovative, creative group for advancing metabolomic and proteomic research.”
“We are excited to become Thermo Fisher Scientific’s first Technology Alliance Partner within Europe,” said Professor Adam Tickell, the University’s pro vice chancellor for research and knowledge transfer. “We anticipate that innovations from this research will translate directly into improved healthcare and environmental diagnostics. We are particularly excited by Thermo Fisher’s commitment to supporting graduate research.”
The partnership builds upon the University of Birmingham’s Systems Science for Health initiative, which focuses on introducing a variety of life science technologies into clinical research. It follows almost a decade of collaboration between the two organisations.
About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of $13 billion, we have approximately 39,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through three premier brands, Thermo Scientific, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services, which offer a unique combination of innovative technologies, convenient purchasing options and a single solution for laboratory operations management. Our products and services help our customers solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity.
About The Birmingham of University
The University of Birmingham is a truly vibrant, global community and an internationally-renowned institution situated in the United Kingdom. Ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 4,000 international students from nearly 150 countries.
The University is home to nearly 30,000 students. With more than 7,500 postgraduate students from across the world, Birmingham is one of the most popular universities for postgraduate study in the UK.
The University plays an integral role in the economic, social and cultural growth of local and regional communities; working closely with businesses and organisations, employing approximately 6,000 staff and providing 10,000 graduates annually.