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Philippines’ First Mass Spectrometry Imaging Center established in USA-Iloilo

USA-Iloilo Spectrometry Imaging Center

On October 3, 2023, Waters Corporation announced the establishment of the first mass spectrometry imaging center in the Philippines at the University of San Agustin.

This center is equipped with advanced technologies from Waters, including a Waters ACQUITY UPLC System and a Waters SYNAPT HDMS, made possible through a grant from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.

The SYNAPT HDMS combines MALDI and DESI technologies, enabling researchers to visualize molecules in human or animal tissue samples, which will aid in drug discovery for cancer and infectious diseases.

It was last year, May 24, 2022, when the University inaugurated its four world-class facilities.

Among them is the Mass Spectrometry Imaging Facility purchased from the Waters Corporation through the DOST grant-aid program.

Dr. Doralyn Dalisay, Director of the Center for Chemical Biology and Biotechnology of USA-Iloilo, expressed the significance of this partnership in accelerating efforts to bring new drugs to the market and alleviate health challenges in the Philippines. Waters Corporation aims to support the university’s research excellence and contribute to making it a regional research hub for natural medicine drug discovery.

Waters Corporation, a leading global company in analytical instruments and software, has been at the forefront of innovation in chromatography, mass spectrometry, and thermal analysis for over 60 years.

The company has a significant global presence, with around 8,000 employees and operations in 35 countries, including 14 manufacturing facilities.

Its products are distributed in over 100 countries and are used in various fields, including life sciences, materials analysis, and food sciences.


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