Denator AB has entered a two-year collaboration with the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute (M4I) of Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
As part of the collaboration, Denator will work closely with the M4I Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry, headed by university professor Ron Heeren, to jointly develop and evaluate innovative sample stabilization approaches for clinical applications, according to Denator in a prepared statement.
The M4I Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry is considered a world leader in high- resolution molecular imaging of biological surfaces. Plans call for Prof. Heeren’s research group to focus on developing and applying mass spectrometry as a diagnostic tool for personalized medicine in oncology, neurology and cardiovascular medicine.
“We strongly believe that the Stabilizor system represents a true breakthrough in improving sample preservation, and subsequent analysis, of clinical biological samples,” said Olof Sköld, Denator’s CEO. “We look forward to working closely together with the leading and well-respected researchers at M4I to establish new sample preparation workflows for important research areas such as oncology, neurology and cardiovascular research. We consider this collaboration with M4I to be an important milestone for us to enter into the clinical market segment.”
Implementation of the Stabilizor system in laboratory workflows is reflected in a growing number of peer-reviewed publications. By using heat stabilization, scientists are able to drastically improve the consistency of sample quality and discover new, biologically-relevant information without needing to use inhibitors, noted Denator.