€7 million SRF subsidy for advanced research equipment

Published on
May 6, 2020

To maintain the success and further extend the portfolio of research facilities a new subsidy of €7 million for the upcoming 5 years has been received by Shared Research Facilities (SRF) from the Dutch province of Gelderland. For 10 years now, the SRF team is investing in highly advanced research facilities, which are available for Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and also for other users, such as start-ups, MKB and other institutes.

The subsidy is provided to WUR as part of the Foodvalley 2030 programme in which the SRF team participates. The strength of the programme is to further stimulate interaction by using shared facilities and accelerate innovations. The subsidy is also open for joint investments with companies to strengthen the innovation ecosystem.

Shared Research Facilities III subsidy first instrument is up and running

Through this subsidy’s first investment SRF has acquired the Octet Red96e, which allows label-free real-time monitoring of biomolecular interactions and detection of a wide range of biomolecules from small molecules up to mammalian cells.

A major advantage for application in the WUR domain is its flexibility in sample type and the possibility to measure in crude matrices. The new instrument enables applications such as detection of mycotoxins and chemical residues, high-throughput phage display screening, and measurement of antibody-antigen interactions and antibody pairing to provide tools and data for assay development.

The investment is initiated by Prime Diagnostics and the Octet will be placed at Wageningen Plant Research. The Octet is accessible to all through Shared Research Facilities.