SciLifeLab upgrades four additional platforms to national status
SciLifeLab has previously offered national service within the five areas Bioinformatics, Chemical biology, Drug Discovery and Development, Genomics, and Structural Biology. On October 29, SciLifeLab increased the offer of services, technologies and competence on a national basis to include the areas Affinity Proteomics, Bioimaging, Clinical Diagnostics and Functional Genomics, adding up to nine national platforms in total.
“We welcome users from all over Sweden to use this national resource”, says Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Co-Director of SciLifeLab. “These platforms offer both large-scale data generation services and competency in the form of technology development and courses.
Affinity proteomics The platform provides unique resources of reagents for biomarker discovery and protein analyses in cells, tissues and body fluids.
Bioimaging The platform provides access to microscopy and spectroscopy techniques not available elsewhere and highly specialized competence for biomolecular studies.
Clinical Diagnostics The platform will provide service and support in order to promote and adapt the use of high throughput techniques, such as next-generation sequencing, microarray-based analyses and multiplex protein analysis, in routine diagnostics.
Functional Genomics The platform provides access to automated high-throughput laboratory equipment handling very a large number of samples for RNA interference, cDNA expression and small molecule screening.
National platforms and units
National platforms consists of a number of units which provide service on a national level and are a part of the Swedish government’s large investment in SciLifeLab, presented in the research and innovation bill 2012. The national units are available at a fee-for-service cost to the Swedish academic community. The first national SciLifeLab units were presented on July 1st, 2013 and the ones presented on October 29 is the third round of applications to have been approved.
“We are excited to have put together this national offer of technologies and services during the first year of us being a National infrastructure”, says Mathias Uhlén, Director at SciLifeLab.
The national board and steering committees will ensure national usage and strategic development of the platforms.
Regional units of national interest
In addition to the national platforms SciLifeLab also offers service at 12 regional units of national interest. These units are divided into five platforms: Bioimaging, Clinical diagnostics, Comparative Genetics, Functional Genomics, and Mass Spectrometry Proteomics.
These units are available for researchers on a national level.
Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a national center for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. The center combines frontline technical expertise with advanced knowledge of translational medicine and molecular bioscience. SciLifeLab is a national resource and a collaboration between four universities: Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University.
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