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UWA signs deal to boost life science research

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has teamed up with one of the world's leaders in measurement technology.

The five-year agreement with Agilent Technologies will focus on developing ground-breaking applications in life sciences, the university announced on 26 July. It said the partnership will increase capability in areas such as drug discovery and metabolism, pathway mapping in diseases like cancer and diabetes, food analysis, and disease biomarker discovery.

Three UWA research hubs—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—will test Agilent platform technologies and applications in order to boost research and training efforts within life sciences, the university said.

Agilent Technologies, which is based in the United States, has donated a high-resolution mass spectrometer, used to provide accurate metabolomic analysis of molecules in complex samples, as well as cash grants, as part of the deal.