Northeastern University partners with Thermo Fisher on life-science research initiative

Two New England Council members have forged an alliance in an effort to advance life-science research. Thermo Fisher Scientific, a prominent analytical instrumentation and product company, and Northeastern University’s Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis recently announced their plans to formally collaborate.

Together, the two institutions will focus on three primary research areas including complex protein characterization, developing methods for analyzing trace amounts of biomarkers in proteomic samples, and developing new methods for analyzing biosimiliar drugs.

Researchers and scientists at both Northeastern and Thermo Fisher expressed their excitement about the opportunity to play a role in shaping a new and emerging field of research, otherwise known as mass-spectrometry.

“Building on relationships with instrument and biotech companies is a way not only to provide opportunities  for coop and training, but also to bring to us the state-of-the-art technology that allows us to do the most exciting science,” said Dean Murray Gibson of the College of Science.

Echoing these sentiments, Dan Shine, president of the chromatography and mass-spectrometry division at Thermo Fisher, said, “These relationships are really important to helping us understand the requirements of leading academics and helping us improve the instrumentation we make, improve our software, and improve our applications knowledge.”

This new partnership is indicative of a larger, growing trend within the scientific community that highlights diversified engagement between government, universities and industry leaders.

The New England Council congratulates both institutions on their partnership and extend our best wishes as they pursue new and exciting life science research!

Click here to read a press release about the partnership.

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