The University of Manchester and Waters Corporation have announced the creation of the Waters Chair of Mass Spectrometry focusing on the many fields of research that utilise mass spectrometry technology.
Based in the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre , the five-year post will lead the Michael Barber Centre.
The University ’s partnership with Waters Corporation marks the beginning of a commercial and academic relationship between the two organisations, which builds upon a historical association with UMIST prior to the merger with the Victoria University of Manchester in 2004.
From the creation of the first commercial mass spectrometers in 1948, Manchester has been a world leader in this exciting, interdisciplinary field.
Brian Smith, Vice President of Mass Spectrometry Business Operations at Waters Corporation , said: "Manchester has an extraordinary heritage in both academic and commercial mass spectrometry.
“Our relationship with the University in this field goes back over 40 years, and it was our wish to strengthen that bond by building a true working partnership that would provide a continuing platform for world-leading research.
“Our work with the University has led to global impacts in the use of mass spectrometry for pharmaceutical development, food and beverage safety, forensics, environmental monitoring, sports doping and even locally into routine diagnostic use in Manchester’s hospitals.
“We share the University’s goals of being a leader in scientific research and technology innovation, and look forward to an exciting and creative partnership".