Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) signs MoU with NERI, sets up NUS-Shimadzu Advanced Facility for Ecoanalytics (NUSAFE)
Singapore-based Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) and National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute (NERI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint facility to conduct environmental analytical research. The facility will be called NUS-Shimadzu Advanced Facility for Ecoanalytics or NUSAFE.
Singapore, 2 June 2014 – The National University of Singapore (NUS) Environmental Research Institute (NERI) and Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, a global leader in the manufacturing of analytical instruments, testing instruments, precision instruments, measuring instruments and medical equipment, are collaborating to conduct research on environmental contaminants.
To mark this partnership, Mr Yasuo Miura, Director, Shimadzu Corporation, and Professor Ong Choon Nam, Director, NERI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 2 June 2014. The collaboration will enable the two organisations to mutually benefit from each other’s substantial expertise in the environmental sciences. A joint facility called the NUS-Shimadzu Advanced Facility for Ecoanalytics (NUSAFE) will also be established as part of the agreement.
Shimadzu will contribute instruments, such as a Mass Spectrometric (MS) system that can be used for microorganism analysis and identification, a Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analyser, and a Triple-Quadrupole Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GCMS-TQ), used for trace analysis of environmental contaminants, during the initial phase. These instruments allow for quick identification and quantitation of volatile metabolites and microorganisms in various environmental samples, which is key in investigating and understanding the relationship between these metabolites, microorganisms and the environment.
Additionally, NERI and Shimadzu will develop and apply fully automated and solvent-minimised sample preparation procedures that have been integrated with mass spectrometry for water quality monitoring. This analytical platform can be operated on site with minimal human intervention.
Mr Kiminobu Imura, Managing Director, Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, said: "It is a pleasure for a global organisation like Shimadzu to collaborate with a world-renowned institute like NERI. Being a global leader in analytical instruments impresses upon us the responsibility to provide the best infrastructure to the scientific community. The signing of this MoU has once again reiterated our commitment towards research in accordance with our Corporate Philosophy of "Contributing to Society Through Science and Technology". Excellence in Science is not just our motto; it is also a way of life for us at Shimadzu and we try to assimilate this value in this MoU."
Mr Prem Anand, Senior General Manager, Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, said: "We are elated to join hands with NERI in setting up the state-of-the-art NUS-Shimadzu Advanced Facility for Ecoanalytics (NUSAFE). The signing of this MoU will further enhance the capabilities of NUS-NERI, which is already well equipped with several advanced Shimadzu instruments. Investing in NUSAFE is a long-term and sustainable investment for Shimadzu. As a global leader in analytical instruments, we feel that it is among our foremost Corporate Social Responsibility to aid researchers and equip them with the latest technology, such as Ultra Fast Mass Spectrometry (UFMS)."
Professor Ong Choon Nam, Director of NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI), said: "NERI is very pleased to have Shimadzu, one of the world’s leaders in analytical instruments, as one of our research partners. The establishment of this joint facility, NUSAFE, will further enhance our laboratory’s analytical capability and advance our environmental research. The partnership will also foster stronger ties and facilitate exchange of knowledge and research findings between academia and industry to enable both parties to stay competitive and relevant in their respective fields."
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About Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd
Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) is the Asian subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation, Japan. The subsidiary was established in 1989 in Singapore as a distribution centre providing analytical solutions, scientific equipment, testing machines, balances and medical equipment to a wide range of laboratories in Asia. A fast paced growth of business in the region has seen the opening of 3 subsidiaries in India, Malaysia and the Philippines with application specialists, technical and sales engineers situated throughout the region. Additionally, the company operates via a wide and carefully selected network of local distributers in every region.
The company's instruments are relied upon by researchers all across Asia from large multinational organisations to local academic research universities and a long list of local, state, and central laboratories. Through adoption of scientific inventions and cutting-edge technologies, Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) provides its corporate clients with the highest quality in product standards and the delivery of excellent customer support services.
For more information, please visit https://www.shimadzu.com.sg/
About National University of Singapore (NUS)
A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.
NUS has 16 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 37,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.
NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 23 university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner in Singapore’s fifth RCE. NUS shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.
For more information, please visit http://www.nus.edu.sg
About NUS Environmental Research Institute
The National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute (NERI) is a leading interdisciplinary centre for environmental research in Asia. The Institute brings together leading researchers and expertise across the NUS campus to conduct and foster collaborative, multidisciplinary environmental research; coordinate the development of strategic thematic research; train graduate research students for academic careers in the environmental sciences and engineering, and facilitate the transfer of technology to industry.
A key thrust of NERI is to conduct innovative globally impactful research on scarce resources. Some of the current research undertaken within the Institute includes environmental monitoring, surveillance, and management of environmental pollutants, environmental and public health issues related to climate change, food security and safety, Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy such as waste-to-energy conversion.
For more information, please visit http://www.nus.edu.sg/neri/