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Thermo Fisher and Harvard Establish Center for Research into Multiplexed Proteomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific and Harvard Medical School announced yesterday that they have jointly established a new proteomics research center.

Named the Thermo Fisher Scientific Center for Multiplexed Proteomics at Harvard Medical School, the facility is headed by HMS cell biology professor Steven Gygi and will focus on the development and implementation of new mass spec multiplexing techniques.

Gygi is an expert in the use of isobaric tagging for multiplexed proteomic analysis, having developed approaches for use with Thermo Fisher instruments including the company's recently launched Orbitrap Fusion.

Under the collaboration, Thermo Fisher will provide the center with an Orbitrap Fusion instrument, and HMS scientists led by Gygi will develop improved multiplexing methods and training courses to make the methods available to the larger scientific community.

"Our goal was to bring disruptive technologies in quantitative proteomics to as many researchers as possible," Gygi said in a statement. "Multiplexing 10 protein samples, be they from cells, tissues, or fluids, represents a landmark increase. This facilitates complicated experimental designs including time-course and dose-response studies. Combining new isobaric reagents with purpose-driven instrumentation allows for proteome-wide measurements of protein expression differences simultaneously across 10 samples in about 24 hours."