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Malaysia's Monash University to Host New Agilent Microarray Service Center

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This story was originally posted on Dec. 8

Expanding its reach in Southeast Asia, Agilent Technologies said last week that it has partnered with a Malaysian university to open an array service center.

Monash University's campus in Bandar Sunway will host the Monash-Agilent Authorized Microarray Service Center, the company said.

Agilent said that the array partnership is the first of its kind with a university in the country. Melbourne, Australia-based Monash opened its Sunway campus in Malaysia in 1998. The Sunway campus is near the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Under the agreement, the new center will be equipped with the "latest microarray instruments" and will offer "competency training" for the center's staff, Agilent said.

Additionally, the collaboration will include "knowledge-sharing between both organizations, including real-time communication of new developments in the field of microarray applications as well as networking with Agilent's global customers."

Rod Minett, general manager of Agilent's Life Sciences Group in the South Asia Pacific region and Korea, said in a statement that the establishment of the center will "cement Malaysia as a center for life sciences research and development."

The university will use its new array tools alongside other platform technologies, such as liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, to support genomics research in diabetes, cancer, neurobiology and infectious diseases.

Agilent's main competitors have many service partners in the Asia Pacific region, but list none in Malaysia on their websites. Monash is also Agilent's first service provider in the country, according to its website.

Further details of the relationship between Agilent and the university were not discussed.