€ 7 million SRF subsidy for advanced research equipment

To maintain the success and further extend the portfolio of research facilities a new subsidy of € 7 million for the upcoming 5 years has been received by Shared Research Facilities from the Dutch province of Gelderland. Shared Research Facilities provide researchers the opportunity to use the advanced research equipment of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Shared Research Facilities is open to all researchers from universities, research institutes and companies. The subsidy is provided to WUR as part of the Foodvalley2030 program in which the SRF team participates. The strength of the program is to further stimulate interaction by using shared facilities and accelerate innovations. The subsidy is also open for joint investments with companies to strengthen the innovation ecosystem.

Shared Research Facilities III subsidy first instrument is up and running: Octet Red96e

Shared Research Facilities has acquired the Octet Red96e, which allows label-free real-time monitoring of biomolecular interactions and detection of a wide range of biomolecules from small molecules up to mammalian cells. A major advantage for application in the Wageningen University & Research domain is its flexibility in sample type and the possibility to measure in crude matrices. The new instrument enables applications such as detection of mycotoxins and chemical residues, high-throughput phage display screening, and measurement of antibody-antigen interactions and antibody pairing to provide tools and data for assay development. The investment is initiated by Prime Diagnostics and the Octet will be placed at Wageningen Plant Research. The Octet is accessible to all through Shared Research Facilities.

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