Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Genotyping & Gene Expression
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Agilent and Los Alamos Develop First High-Throughput System to be Deployed at UCLA’s Global Bio Lab

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Last Updated: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Bookmark and Share
Researchers are developing new tools for characterizing biological pathogens that could give rise to potentially deadly pandemics.

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced researchers are developing new tools for characterizing biological pathogens that could give rise to potentially deadly pandemics such as Influenza A (H1N1). This is part of a joint effort by national laboratory-university- and private-sector institutions.

The first tool, an automated genotyping system, is a joint effort between Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health and Agilent. This system will be utilized in the Global Bio Lab at UCLA and will use high-throughput technology for automated global-public-health surveillance.

The automated genotyping system, built to specification by Agilent, was delivered to Los Alamos in late May for verification of design and capability testing. The $1.7 million BioCel Automation System was designed in collaboration by Los Alamos and UCLA researchers, and professionals at Agilent’s Automation Solutions division, previously known as Velocity11.

By using this system and future high-throughput tools in pandemic response mode, public-health officials will be able to reliably determine the strain of a virus, allowing more time for mitigation or containment strategies to be employed if necessary. Moreover, these BioCel systems will be useful in research mode for monitoring animal populations for the emergence of new and potentially deadly pathogens before the pathogens are able to infect humans.

The UCLA Global Bio Lab will become part of the High Throughput Laboratory Network (HTLN). When built out, the network will provide an international and interconnected capacity that enables uniformity in testing methods - reducing the potential for errors or confusion arising from variable testing methodologies currently used.

“As the recent outbreak of the swine flu shows, we need to do a much more extensive and thorough job of surveillance,” said Dr. Tony Beugelsdijk, leader of the HTLN project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “This program will provide the world with the tools for this task.”

Current genetic identification methods require lots of time and manpower. The new genotyping system features two robots and the ability to fully sequence 10,000 or more influenza viruses per year.

“This system is the next-generation tool to rapidly and accurately test and identify biological pathogens in mass quantities of samples,” said Nick Roelofs, vice president and general manager of Agilent Life Sciences Solutions Unit. “Capable of performing tests 100 times faster than any current method, it will provide reliable, real-time data to the global health community. Given current health concerns about the swine flu, the system addressees an immediate and vital need in the public health arena.”

Agilent will deliver the system to UCLA, where researchers will operate the system for public health research and surveillance, and train others to use the new tool. If necessary, the system has surge capacity and the ability to test samples in response to a pandemic should the need arise.

“The automated genotyping system will vastly increase the speed and volume by which influenza samples are analyzed,” added Dr. Scott Layne, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health. “The pace of emerging infectious disease outbreaks in the world is increasing and demands new kinds of technologies be created and applied. These technologies will help us to safeguard public health and save lives.”

LANL and UCLA researchers are currently determining protocols for culturing and screening processes that can be used with the high-throughput laboratory. Establishing such protocols is the next step toward making the Global Bio Lab at UCLA fully operational.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,300+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 4,900+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

Agilent Extends Agreement with PerkinElmer on Bioanalyzer Chips
PerkinElmer supplies chips for Agilent's popular 2100 Bioanalyzer system.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Agilent Supports Inaugural Singapore-South Korea Symposium on Glycomics
Event follows collaboration to develop tools for analysis of biologics, vaccines.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Agilent, Cell Line Genetics Collaborate
Companies to collaborate on high-throughput cell-line characterization services for regenerative medicine, cancer researchers.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Agilent Joins Forces with Baylor College of Medicine
Collaboration will see Agilent and Baylor provide customized CGH microarrays for cancer, prenatal and postnatal research.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Agilent and Seoul National University Hospital Collaborate
The strategic collaboration will focus on the development and verification of various biomarkers for the development of drugs, including narcotics, immune-suppressants and biomarkers.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Agilent Technologies to Separate into Two Public Companies
Life sciences, diagnostics and applied markets (LDA) that will retain the Agilent name, and the other company will be comprised of Agilent's electronic measurement (EM) products.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Agilent Technologies and SomaLogic Enter Agreement
The agreement will expand access to SomaLogic's unbiased protein biomarker discovery platform.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Agilent Technologies Announces Winner of Fifth Annual Early Career Professor Award
Assistant Professor at Northwestern Recognized for Cancer Diagnostics Research.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Agilent Technologies and Chungnam National University Announce Glycomics Research Initiatives
The collaboration hopes to develop biomarkers and new therapeutic antibodies to combat diseases such as cancer.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Agilent and Applied Proteomics Will Collaborate
Collaboration to maximize capabilities of highly multiplexed protein assays.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Agilent Technologies Collaborates with Gachon University
World-leading research laboratory at Gachon will have access to the latest technologies from Agilent and a beta test site for new solutions.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Agilent Technologies and Chungnam National University Collaborate to Further Glycomics Research
The university aims to identify and develop biomarkers for diseases.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Agilent Technologies Enters Second Phase of Collaboration to Map Human Proteome
Agilent’s collaboration with ISB and ETH Zurich for the mapping of the complete human proteome by mass spectrometry is enters its second phase.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Agilent Updates Human Exon Target Enrichment Tool, Featuring Expressed Genome Content and Optimized Uniformity
The Latest SureSelect product to emerge from close collaboration with The Broad Institute.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Phytronix and Agilent to Co-Market Phytronix LDTD Ion Source with Agilent Mass Spectrometers
The non-exclusive co-marketing agreement aims to promote the Phytronix Laser Diode Thermal Desorption Ion Source with Agilent mass spectrometers.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Scientific News
Liquid Biopsies: Miracle Diagnostic or Next New Fad?
Thanks to the development of highly specific gene-amplification and sequencing technologies liquid biopsies access more biomarkers relevant to more cancers than ever before.
Ice Bucket Challenge Instrumental in Gene Discovery
Donations from the ALS Ice Bucket Chellenge allowed for the largest-ever study of inherited ALS, which identified a new ALS gene.
Cancer Gene-Drug Combinations Ripe for Precision Medicine
The study aims to expand the number of cancer gene mutations that can be paired with a precision therapy.
New Centre Offers Ultra-Speed Protein Analysis
UW-Madison researchers to establish development centre for next-gen protein measurement technologies.
Disrupting Tumour-Promotion in Humans
Researchers have modified an existing protein to represses a specific cancer-promoting ‘message’ within cells.
Drug - Gene 'One-Two' Punch Against Cancer
Researchers identify gene-drug combinations that, together, target and kill cancer cells while not targeting healthy cells.
Drug Candidates Reduce Abnormal Protein Production
New drug candidates improve cell ability to catch miss-folded proteins that could cause deadly diseases.
Liquid Biopsies Treating Ovarian Cancer
Researchers have discovered a promising monitor and treat recurrence of ovarian cancer. Detecting cancer long before tumours reappear.
Diagnostic Thread - Weaving the Future?
Researchers have created diagnostic threads that could pave the way for next-gen implantable and wearable diagnostics.
Unravelling the Roots of Insect’s Waterproof Coating
Researchers have identified the genes that control cuticular lipid production in Drosophila, by performing an RNAi screen and using Direct Analysis in Real Time and GC-MS.
Skyscraper Banner

SELECTBIO Market Reports
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,300+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,900+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!