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Agilent, University of Western Australia Enter Research Collaboration

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Western Australia said today that it has entered a five-year collaboration with Agilent Technologies aimed at advancing training opportunities and pushing research further along in health, food production, and the environment.

As part of the partnership, Agilent has forged teaching alliances with the Centre of Metabolomics, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, and the UWA Comparative Analysis of Biomolecular Networks Research and Training Centre.

Through the Agilent Global Academia Program, the company has donated a high resolution mass spectrometer for use in metabolomic studies. It also provided funding, although financial and other terms were not disclosed.

The collaboration will focus on research areas such as disease biomarker discovery, drug discovery and metabolism, pathway mapping in diseases such as cancer and diabetes, food analysis, and environmental pollution characterization.

"We see real benefit in supporting the UWA Centre for Metabolomics to provide the best quality metabolomics analysis to assist researchers," Rod Minett, general manager of Life Sciences, South Asia Pacific and Korea at Agilent, said in a statement. "The LC-QTOF will give this center advanced capability and allow the development of new applications to measure small molecules in many areas including biomedical science, environmental science, plant and oceans research."

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