News Spectrum

Jul 01, 2012
By Spectroscopy Editors
Volume 27, Issue 7

Jens Frisvad Receives Thought Leader Award

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, California) has announced the recipient of its latest Thought Leader award: Dr. Jens Frisvad from the Center for Microbial Biotechnology in the department of systems biology at the Technical University of Denmark (Lyngby, Denmark).

The center is working to create a targeted metabolomics approach for thousands of compounds produced by Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Fusarium fungi. Scientists will use mutable internal standards to calibrate changes in both chromatographic retention and mass spectrometry (MS) sensitivity to compare extracts over many years.

The award will provide the laboratory with use of a liquid chromatography–quadrupole time-of-flight (LC–QTOF) MS system for discovery metabolomics, as well as an LC–triple-quadrupole (QQQ) MS system for target screening. Agilent will be supporting research in food safety, specifically the metabolomics of mycotoxins (toxins made by mold).

Frisvad commented, "Our research is aimed at showing the impact that analysis of LC–QTOF and LC–QQQ data can have on understanding the metabolomics of mycotoxins. We are extremely pleased that Agilent is helping us continue this important food-safety research."

Mike McMullen, president of Agilent's chemical analysis group, said, "Our support of the work being done at the center for microbial biotechnology closely aligns with a major initiative at Agilent: providing tools and methods that help test the global food supply. By providing instruments to Dr. Frisvad and his team, we continue Agilent's long history of helping create innovative ways to improve food safety."

Waters and Fera Focus on Food Safety

Waters (Milford, Massachusetts) and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) (York, UK) have announced that they will open a new laboratory-based training facility that will combine their respective regulatory, scientific, and industry expertise to help solve the global food safety challenge.

The Fera International Food Safety Training Laboratory (Fera IFSTL) will teach the best available techniques for testing for food contamination and educating on the different food safety regulatory standards around the world. The training facility, based near York, will primarily train those concerned with exporting foods to Europe.

As part of the collaboration with Fera, Waters will help establish the laboratory's construction, provide analytical systems, and assist Fera in designing training programs.