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NUS and Agilent Technologies advance research in lipidomics

04 April 2011

NUS-AGILENT COLLABORATION: Researchers involved in lipidomics analysis at the NUS Centre for Lipidomics - (from left) Dr Federico Torta, Assoc Prof Markus Wenk, Dr Guanghou Shui, Dr Anne Bendt, Ms Lissya Lettisya Santoso and Dr Amaury Cazenave Gassiot
NUS and Agilent Technologies signed a research collaboration agreement to develop expertise and knowledge in the area of analytical lipidomics on 30 March 2011. This is Agilent's first collaboration in lipidomics research and development worldwide.

Agilent will supply sophisticated instruments for the separation and analysis of lipids from complex mixtures, and will give NUS access to its pool of scientists located in Asia and the United States. NUS will serve as a reference site for Agilent, allowing the company to better understand the needs of the research community so as to further develop and enhance its instruments.

The instruments provided by Agilent will be housed under the NUS Centre for Lipidomics, which is headed by Assoc Prof Markus Wenk of the Departments of Biochemistry and Biological Sciences. The Centre will also host researchers and scientists from clinical and commercial organisations in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.

"Integrated tool development programmes such as this new Centre for Lipidomics greatly support applications in life and environmental sciences," said NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell. "We are delighted by the substantial industry interest and welcome Agilent as a partner in this endeavor."

Highlighting the importance of the partnership, Mr Rod Minett, Agilent's General Manager, Life Sciences Group, South Asia Pacific and Korea, said it will "raise the level of knowledge for lipidomics and potentially pave the way for developments in related fields of research such as life sciences, nutritional sciences or environment sciences."

Agilent is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications.