Partnerships between UK researchers and equipment makers aid the UK’s scientific instrumentation manufacturing sector and enable academics to address novel research questions.
|£7.5Bn||Value of UK science instrument sector in 2007|
|£29.6M||Value of 221 grants under BBSRC Research Equipment Initiative|
|500||Number of Mosquito units sold|
UK company TTP Labtech developed the unique Mosquito protein crystallisation robot which has been sold in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan, China, India and elsewhere. The robot was designed with input from BBSRC-funded researchers at the York Structural Biology Laboratory, University of York.
Researchers at the University of Warwick designed a sample cell and instrumentation for a technique called linear dichroism spectroscopy, which was built by Jasco UK Ltd and Crystal Precision Optics in Rugby, UK. The cells have been made available commercially by the researcher’s company, Dioptica Scientific Ltd.
Instrument manufacturers Molecular Device Ltd have developed their commercial software based on the requirements of University of Cardiff researchers supported by BBSRC. The researchers continue to provide input on the latest automated microscopy technology designed by the company, helping them make decisions on product direction.
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Image: TTP Labtech Ltd