Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A)  announced the opening of a new full-scale Integrated Biology Center located at Monash University in Malaysia, focused on building local capabilities to accelerate research and development (R&D) in the field of science. The inauguration was held in conjunction with the company’s Academia-Industrial Day 2023, hosting distinguished guests from the research community. 

Housed at the university’s Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sunway, the facility is equipped with Agilent’s complete workflow solutions, including high-performing liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and gas chromatography (GC/MS) systems, to provide analytical expertise in applied biology research for publications and potential clinical usage. 

This new facility is the third center of excellence (CoE) established through a long-term partnership with Monash University, including a genomic research lab in 2011, and a proteomics and metabolomics platform in 2016. 

"The Integrated Biology Center stands as a testament to the university's commitment to research excellence and its strategic plan, Impact 2030. Through Impact 2030, the university strives to be at the forefront of research and actively address global challenges, such as climate change and the creation and sustenance of thriving communities. With Agilent's cutting-edge technologies and expertise, this center will accelerate breakthroughs in applied biology research and its potential clinical applications. We look forward to fostering industry collaborations and making significant contributions to the scientific community in Malaysia and beyond," stated Professor Dato' Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia. 

Chai Meng Fee, Agilent Malaysia General Manager, commented, “Growing scientific knowledge advancement and support is a top priority for Agilent Malaysia. The addition of the Integrated Biology Center strengthens our expanding presence locally and provides scientists with greater outcomes in support of their research work across Malaysia.”

In addition to Agilent’s competency training for the center’s lab professionals, this collaboration will provide the opportunity for Agilent and Monash University to explore potential partnerships with start-ups, academia, and other laboratories in Malaysia. Today, Agilent has a 200,000 sq ft facility manufacturing key products for the company’s spectroscopy line, diagnostics and genomics, and vacuum pump division in Penang, as well as a sales office located at Petaling Jaya in Selangor, Malaysia.