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Applied Biosystems Funds Univ. of Tokyo Proteomics Department

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 26 – Applied Biosystems has partnered with the technology company Millipore to fund the Donation Department of Proteomics Research at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo, the companies announced Monday.

The Donation Department of Proteomics Research is a three-year project focused on developing new techniques for protein expression profiling and for the analysis of protein-to-protein interactions at the cellular level, according the companies.

The level of funding provided by both companies was not disclosed.

The new department is to be headed by Toshiaki Isobe, a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University.  

“The Donation Department of Proteomics Research represents a collaboration between academia and industry,” Kenichi Arai, dean of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo, said in a statement. “The goal will be the creation of a technical platform for genome-based drug discovery.”

“By leveraging the combined expertise of all three collaborators, the formation of the Donation Department of Proteomics Research may lead to new technologies that could play a pivotal role in the acceleration of protein research,” Michael Hunkapiller, president of Applied Biosystems, said in a statement.

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