UT Arlington, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments forge $25.2 million research partnership

  UT Arlington, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments forge $25.2 million research
                                 partnership

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct. 22, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of
Texas System Board of Regents today allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent
University Fund toward the formation of the Institute for Research
Technologies at UT Arlington, a $25.2 million endeavor that will transform
research capabilities and STEM education throughout the UT System and Texas.

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The Institute is a collaboration of The University of Texas at Arlington and
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments
industry. The new Institute will include three centers: The existing Shimadzu
Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, the new Center for Imaging and the
new Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis.

"I am delighted that the Board of Regents is supporting this exciting
partnership with one of the world's leading manufacturers of analytical
scientific instrumentation and environmental monitoring equipment," said UT
System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa. "The Institute will provide unlimited
opportunities for scientific discovery for students, faculty members and
private sector partners, not only at UT Arlington, but also nearby UT Dallas
and UT Southwestern Medical Center."

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said the commitment by UT System
Regents and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments will dramatically enhance research
opportunities and experiences for faculty and students. The new Institute also
is intended to promote and advance additional collaboration between UT
Arlington faculty and their UT System colleagues, who will have access to the
equipment and instrumentation.

"This partnership positions UT Arlington to become a global leader in
scientific discovery and will pay untold dividends in the opportunities it
affords students and vital industries," Spaniolo said.

Today's announcement follows a philanthropic commitment from Shimadzu last
spring that allowed UT Arlington to establish the Shimadzu Center for Advanced
Analytical Chemistry. The center is housed in the College of Science and
includes state-of-the-art chromatography, mass spectrometry and spectroscopy
equipment valued at more than $6 million.

The Institute for Research Technologies will be made possible by an additional
$18.5 million equipment purchase from Shimadzu.

"Shimadzu sees in UT Arlington an exciting energy, great vision and the
potential to transform scientific research and education," said Shuzo
Maruyama, president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments in Columbia, Md. "We
are delighted to have the opportunity to catalyze the potential of this great
institution."

The Institute for Research Technologies will offer students and faculty access
to state-of-the art Shimadzu equipment and software, some of which will be
available in North America exclusively at UT Arlington. The Institute will
foster innovation across a variety of disciplines and also will involve
research teams from the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the
School of Social Work, among others.

The Center for Imaging will complement and strengthen UT Arlington's existing
Genomic Core Facility by adding neurobiological and high-speed imaging systems
and tomography platforms. It will also contain a cutting-edge brain imaging
device that is currently only used in Japan.

Researchers expect The Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material
Analysis will give researchers the ability to analyze particles from the
nano-scale to the macro-scale. Such work could, for example, aid in the
detection of environmental contaminants.

In addition to analytical equipment, UT Arlington also plans to purchase
exclusive, proprietary software developed by Shimadzu that allows researchers
to link remotely with analytical equipment and access and analyze data in the
classroom or from other University labs.

"The integration of this wide-ranging technology throughout UT Arlington will
provide our students the critical and essential skills they need to enter the
workforce," said Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science.
"It also will help our University develop a robust influx of budding
researchers at all degree levels."

Carolyn Cason, UT Arlington Vice President for Research, said the links
between UT Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments will span the globe
for years to come.

"This is a great day for UT Arlington and the state of Texas," Cason said.
"The Institute's facilities will be second to none and will foster
intellectual exchanges that help bring life-changing technologies to North
America."

About Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) is the American subsidiary of Shimadzu
Corp., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1875, Shimadzu is a $3
billion multinational corporation with three major divisions: Medical
Diagnostics, Aerospace/Industrial and Analytical Instruments. In the United
States, SSI has a network of more than 50 locations providing local and
regional sales, service and technical support. Visit
http://www.ssi.shimadzu.com for more information.

About UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution
of more than 33,200 students in the heart of North Texas and the second
largest member of The University of Texas System. Research activity has more
than tripled over the past decade to $71.4 million last year with an emphasis
on bioengineering, medical diagnostics, micro manufacturing and defense and
Homeland Security technologies, among other areas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn
more.

SOURCE University of Texas at Arlington

Contact: Traci Peterson, +1-817-272-9208, tpeterso@uta.edu
 
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