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UT to dedicate new research lab created with help of $250,000 gift from Shimadzu

The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will celebrate the dedication of a new state-of-the-art research laboratory created with the help of a leading scientific instrument company at noon Thursday, Jan. 28 in Health Education Building Room 103 on the UT Health Science Campus.

UT President Dr. Sharon Gaber, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Dr. Johnnie Early and a representative from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments will give remarks at noon followed by the open house for the Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence.

Shimadzu donated more than $250,000 to help UT pay for several new instruments, including a mass spectrometer that is capable of analyzing samples with a high degree of accuracy and unmatched speed.

“This donation will help UT train the scientists of tomorrow with cutting-edge technology,” Phil Martin, Life Science Account Manager with Shimadzu, said.  “The liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer can analyze a wide array of sample types, including biological and environmental, with great speed, accuracy and ease-of-use. The LCMS-8050 will open new avenues of teaching and research including drug discovery and metabolism, disease biomarkers and oxidative damage to DNA.  This technology also can be used to monitor water quality and detect dangerous algal toxins in Lake Erie faster and with more accuracy than other techniques.”

“Shimadzu’s goals are very strongly aligned with UT’s in striving to best prepare the next generation of pharmacists, researchers and scientists to improve the world,” Dr. Gaber said. “On behalf of The University of Toledo, I want to extend sincere thanks to them for their generous contributions and collaboration.”

“Through this partnership, state-of-the-art equipment for pharmaceutical analysis will be available to students, faculty and members of the corporate sector, all with the support of trained and knowledgeable experts in the area of pharmaceutical research,” Dr. Early said.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (Columbia, Maryland) is the American subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation (Kyoto, Japan).  A global leader in analytical technologies, Shimadzu is proud to produce its most innovative technology in the U.S.A.  The LCMS-8050 is built in Shimadzu’s U.S. manufacturing facility, located in Canby, Oregon.

“The company has a history of identifying researchers who are doing cutting edge work at institutions poised to make an impact on the training of students,” Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry, said.  “I have been delighted to work with Shimadzu over the years to make this relationship a reality.”

Media Coverage
WTOL 11 (Jan. 28, 2016)
The Blade (Jan. 29, 2016)
NBC 24 (Jan. 29, 2016)


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