According to core director Jon Klein, the instrument will be used for qualitative and quantitative protein work. While no decision regarding a machine has been made, his team "will certainly be looking at the new Orbitrap Elite or equivalent instruments."
Over the next five to seven years, the VA aims to enroll one million veterans who will provide blood samples, fill out surveys about health and health-related behaviors, and allow secure access to VA medical and health information.
The US government is seeking firms in the Bay Area and vicinity interested in designing new genomics and translational research centers planned for the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Palo Alto Health Care System campus in Palo Alto, Calif.
The company will be working to improve methods of biomolecule extraction to allow researchers to better use archival formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples in studies of disease progression and response to therapy.
The CRADA with Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the American Registry of Pathology, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is to develop pressure-based sample prep methods to improve the quality and yield of biomolecular extractions from FFPE tissue.