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ABI Opens Shanghai Support Center for Asia Pacific Operations; Hopes to 'Enhance' Dealing With Chinese Gov't

This article and the headline have been updated from a previous version, which incorrectly reported that the company's support center is located in Beijing.
 
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Applied Biosystems has opened a new lab, office, and display space in Shanghai to support customers in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said today.
 
ABI said the Asia Pacific Application Support Center is a 5,400 square foot facility that will house hardware for “biotech, health care, clinical research, forensic analysis and environmental and food safety testing.”
 
The center also aims to “enhance” collaborations with the Chinese government, including an association with the Ministry of Public Security, ABI said.
 
The company said the center will offer sample analysis, instrument and workflow demonstrations, training programs, and customer support services.
 
ABI said it also intends to make the new facility available for scientific collaborations with research leaders in a variety of life sciences disciplines.
 
The firm said collaborations in China include a food safety and pesticide testing project; a forensic database with the Ministry of Public Security; donations of PCR instrumentation to the Chinese Center for Disease Control for SARS detection; and a collaboration with the China Proteome Project.