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Agilent, Temasek Polytechnic Collaborate on Product Safety with Creation of New Lab

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies and Singapore's Temasek Polytechnic announced on Tuesday a collaboration aimed at product safety testing.

The two have created a new laboratory called the Temasek Polytechnic-Agilent Partner Lab, which will help small and mid-sized enterprises in Singapore maintain safety and quality standards. In particular, bioanalytical tools from Agilent and resources at Temasek Polytechnic will be leveraged to help businesses that develop, manufacture, or distribute traditional Chinese medicine and food products.

Researchers will be able to access the new lab, located at Temasek Polytechnic's School of Applied Sciences, to conduct tests to detect, screen, identify, and quantify chemicals in ingredients and products at different stages of development and production. Temasek Polytechnic will have access to Agilent's latest technologies, be able to keep updated in the use of instruments, and develop applications as needed by customers.

The new facility is part of the Agilent Partner Labs network in the South Asia-Pacific and Korean region. The network seeks to bring together specialists from labs around the world with Agilent's technologies in mass spectrometry, chromatography, and spectroscopy.

"Agilent has a long history of developing analytical tools and methods used by governments, commercial enterprises, and private labs around the globe for the detection, identification, and confirmation of biological and chemical agents and toxic industrial compounds in various industries," Tan Mei Mei, business director for the South Asia-Pacific region, Chemical Analysis Group at Agilent, said in a statement. "Manufacturers and distributors of products used in traditional Chinese medicine, for example, need to ensure safety, quality and authenticity of their ingredients and must conform to increasingly stringent standards around the world and in Singapore."