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Agilent, NSU Environmental Research Institute Partner on Environmental Science

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies today announced a collaboration with the National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute targeting environmental science.

Agilent will equip the institute with instruments for chemical and bioanalysis and electronic measurements as part of the deal, which is the first by Agilent in the field of environmental science and engineering with a university in Southeast Asia.

The institute will provide university researchers with state-of-the-art instruments to perform studies on water, air, soil, food, and biospecimens, resulting in applications that will benefit the research community, industry, and society, Agilent said. While the institute will be used primarily by its researchers, international scientists and researchers collaborating with the institute in environmental science will have access to the facility.

Using Agilent platforms, the institute is developing automated miniaturized sample preparation and chemical analysis, which would allow water samples to be analyzed in the field, rather than having to be brought back to the laboratory, resulting in cost and time savings.

Institute researchers have also developed methods for environmental biomonitoring and toxicity testing, and Agilent will support the research through its custom analysis platforms. The partners will explore possibly developing these assays into an automated high-throughput toxicity screening platform, Agilent said.

Agilent and the institute will also organize joint seminars and training programs, and publish scientific papers on environmental issues. New measurement, analytical, and bioanalytical methodologies resulting from the partnership will likely be developed into joint R&D efforts.

“This collaborative effort with Agilent will further position [the institute] well as an integrated one-stop center, bringing together researchers from different faculties to engage in interdisciplinary activities in areas of environmental science and engineering," Ong Choon Nam, director of the institute, said in a statement. "This will greatly strengthen our capabilities for rehabilitating, sustaining, and managing natural environments.”

Financial and other terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.

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