Agilent in Academic Research

Academia’s primary mission is to teach the next generation of scientists, but its second mission is research.  Thousands of things we take for granted every day – from seatbelts to cancer drugs to the internet – grew from ideas born in academic research.

A research lab operates like a not-for-profit business, with no guaranteed funding.  And despite intense competition to win grants and publish first, researchers must share their work openly.  It may be a strange business model but the rewards are huge, with discoveries that change lives and win Nobel Prizes.

Academic research is Agilent’s most diverse market, where virtually every Agilent product is in demand.  But Agilent plays several roles in academia that go beyond selling to research labs.  The company collaborates with top researchers around the world in order to help advance science and discover future needs.

In 2010 Agilent created the Agilent Thought Leader Program, which contributes financial support, products and expertise to academic researchers at the cutting edge of science.  Today, 23 leading professors around the world use Agilent technologies and resources to conduct breakthrough research.

Professor Adam Arkin is director of the Synthetic Biology Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.  Synthetic biology’s goal is to use synthesized DNA to reprogram biological organisms – such as microbes and plants – for practical purposes, such as producing new sources for medicines and fuels.  Professor Arkin uses Agilent’s DNA oligonucleotide library solutions (OLS) to re-engineer genomes at a cellular level.

Professor Guibin Jiang is a director of environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences.  Professor Jiang plans to use an Agilent gas chromatograph, an Agilent GC/Q-TOF mass spectrometer and an Agilent ICP/QQQ-mass spectrometer to screen and identify unknown organic pollutants in water systems across China.

Dr. Jens Frisvad and Dr. Kristian Nielsen are professors at the Technology University of Denmark who study molds and fungi.  By reducing mold activity in the food chain, they could increase the world’s food supply by 25 percent.  They also hope to use the microbiology properties of fungi to discover new treatments for malaria and cancer.  The professors are using an Agilent liquid chromatograph Q-TOF mass spectrometer, an Agilent high-performance LC/QQQ mass spectrometer and Agilent software in their research.

Agilent’s customer markets include energy and chemicals, food, the environment, forensics, pharmaceuticals, research and diagnostics.


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