In honor of the 2018 renewal of the alliance between Northeastern and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Northeastern hosted a symposium to recognize and commend the present and future research made possible by the technology alliance partnership (TAP).
Positive and upbeat remarks were given at the symposium by several speakers including Dr. Alexander Ivanov of the Department of Chemistry and the Barnett Institute, who hosted the event, the former Dean of the College of Science, Dr. Ken Henderson, the Commercial Director of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Rick Carberry, the chair of Northeastern’s Department of Chemistry, Dr. Michael Pollastri, Dr. Barry Karger, Director Emeritus of the Barnett Institute.
Presentation topics at the symposium included mass spectrometry’s ties to characterizing challenging biomedical samples as well as updates on new technology developments from Thermo Fisher. The scientific talks were presented by Drs. Steven A. Carr (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard), Cathy Costello (Boston University School of Medicine), Emily Chen (Thermo Fisher Scientific), and Alexander R. Ivanov (Northeastern).
In addition to presenting their latest ground-breaking research, the speakers agreed that the alliance is an exciting initiative to Northeastern’s and Thermo Fisher’s joint contributions to advance proteomic and biomedical research. The event closed with a tour of the Barnett Institute’s Mass Spectrometry Core, which is stocked with state-of-the-art instrumentation provided by Thermo Fisher and other companies.
Since 2013, Northeastern University’s Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis and Thermo Fisher Scientific have been collaborating on projects via a technology alliance partnership (TAP). In 2018 the two institutions celebrated their union’s impact in both the academic and instrument development industry communities by renewing their partnership. Recognized for its value to the field of life science research, the partnership’s innovative work has placed both institutions at the forefront of the lab instrument and analysis development.
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a multi-billion-dollar company developing analytical instruments, lab
equipment, software, chemicals and consumables for their highly regarded chromatography and mass spectrometry systems; which are central to research coming out of Northeastern University’s Barnett Institute. The technology alliance partnership between the Ivanov Laboratory, a part of the Barnett Institute, and Thermo Fisher is aimed at advancing ultra-trace analysis methodologies to enable molecular profiling of limited biomedical samples and analytical technologies for the characterization of proteins and protein complexes in biological and biopharma/biotech applications.
Furthermore, scientists and students from the Ivanov Laboratory are provided access to top-of-the-line Thermo Fisher LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) instrument technologies. As part of the TAP agreement with the Ivanov Laboratory, Northeastern will train and develop new users on the Thermo Fisher analytical systems in order to maintain and strengthen the relationship between the two organizations.