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New Integrated Biology Centre to Boost Malaysian Research Capabilities
Sep 04 2023
Agilent Technologies Inc has unveiled its newest Integrated Biology Center at Monash University in Malaysia, aimed at boosting local research capabilities in the field of science. The inauguration coincided with the company's Academia-Industrial Day 2023, attended by distinguished guests from the research community.
Situated within the university's Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sunway, the centre is fully equipped with Agilent's cutting-edge workflow solutions, including advanced liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and gas chromatography (GC/MS) systems. It is poised to offer analytical expertise for applied biology research, potentially leading to publications and clinical applications.
This latest centre marks the third centre of excellence (CoE) established through a longstanding collaboration between Agilent and Monash University. Previous collaborations resulted in a genomic research lab in 2011 and a proteomics and metabolomics platform in 2016.
Professor Dato' Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia, expressed: "With Agilent's cutting-edge technologies and expertise, this centre will accelerate breakthroughs in applied biology research and its potential clinical applications. We look forward to fostering industry collaborations and making significant contributions to the scientific community in Malaysia and beyond."
Chai Meng Fee, Agilent Malaysia General Manager, added: "The addition of the Integrated Biology Centre strengthens our expanding presence locally and provides scientists with greater support for their research across Malaysia."
Besides providing competency training for the centre's lab professionals, this collaboration opens avenues for Agilent and Monash University to explore partnerships with start-ups, academia, and other laboratories in Malaysia. Currently, Agilent has a 200,000 ft2 facility in Penang, manufacturing key products for its spectroscopy line, diagnostics and genomics, and vacuum pump division, along with a sales office located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
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