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Merck Partners with Rigaku to Develop Novel Molecular Structure Analysis Technology  

Jun 06 2019 Read 788 Times

Merck, a leading science and technology company, and Rigaku Corporation, a key player in scientific analytical instrumentation, have signed a joint development agreement to develop lab consumables based on highly innovative crystalline sponge technology, which determines the absolute chemical structure of organic molecules and enables X-ray crystallography without crystallisation of the analyte. 

“Rigaku has been at the leading edge of technology in the high-end crystallography market for decades. This project will open new doors for scientists at all levels of expertise across a range of disciplines - in medicine, life science and the evolution of advanced materials,” said Yoshiaki Watanabe, Senior Executive VP at Rigaku. 

“We have licensed a new technology with the potential to help labs determine absolute chemical structure quickly, even for samples on a sub-microgram scale. Our innovation project is working on dedicated consumables that will simplify the technology to enable our customers to apply it,” said Isabel De Paoli, Chief Strategy Officer at Merck. “With Rigaku, we have found an extremely competent partner to develop the best devices for the technology, and we are looking forward to working together on this project.” 

The project simplifies the complex technology and makes it available to chemical and life science laboratories working with pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals or natural compounds that need to determine the molecular structure of substances. 

The inventor of the technology, Dr Makoto Fujita, Distinguished Professor of the University of Tokyo and the Institute for Molecular Science, continues to be involved in the project through the University of Tokyo and the Japanese Science and Technology Agency. 

The partnership will combine both Rigaku’s proven success in the crystalline sponge area as a manufacturer and distributor of X-ray systems with Merck’s unique knowledge of innovative life science products and the analytical consumable market. 

The project is hosted at the Rigaku’s headquarters in Tokyo, where expert scientists and engineers are hard at work designing the next-generation instruments for turn-key solutions and at the Merck Innovation Center, which aims to create new products beyond Merck’s current businesses. 
 

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