LECO Support West Coast Metabolomics Center at the University of California, Davis

LECO Corporation has announced its support of the West Coast Metabolomics Center, a new high-tech consortium of research and service laboratories housed within the University of California, Davis, Genome Center.

As part of an agreement with LECO, the West Coast Metabolomics Center will receive access to the LECO Citius™ LC-HRT (High Resolution TOFMS) for applied research in metabolomics that will help scientists better understand and develop more effective treatments for complex diseases like diabetes, cancer, and atherosclerosis. Designed for complex sample analysis, LECO’s HRT instrumentation provides acquisition speeds of up to 200 spectra/second, mass resolution up to 100,000 FWHM, and mass accuracy less than 1 ppm.

The new center is under the direction of Dr. Oliver Fiehn, professor of molecular and cellular biology at UC Davis. A worldwide leader in metabolomics, Dr. Fiehn has utilized LECO instruments to analyze more than 50,000 samples for more than 520 projects and 80 different species over the past seven years. The results have been the basis for many scientific papers, ranging from microbial products to plant and pre-clinical and clinical studies.

“LECO is known for its robust and sensitive instruments, and its great software capability for distinguishing closely eluting compounds,” said Dr. Fiehn. “We believe the Citius may solve urgent bottlenecks in metabolomics, specifically because in our field, we have highly complex mixtures of compounds!”   

“This partnership demonstrates LECO’s renewed commitment to the advancement of metabolomics,” said Dr. Jeff Patrick, Director of Marketed Technology, LECO Separation Science. “We are honored that Dr. Fiehn and his team chose the Citius LC-HRT to be part of the West Coast Metabolomics Center, and we are excited about the implications their research will have on the treatment of certain diseases.”

About LECO Corporation

For more than 75 years, industries around the world have trusted LECO to deliver technologically advanced products and solutions. Today, that commitment continues with High Resolution Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (TOFMS) for liquid and gas chromatography, as well as comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC), all featuring easy-to-use ChromaTOF® operating software. Product lines also include high-quality analytical instrumentation, metallography and optical equipment, and consumables. LECO has over 30 subsidiaries worldwide, with additional distributors authorized to sell or service LECO products to the rest of the world.

About the University of California, Davis

For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matter to California and transform the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has more than 32,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and more than 21,000 staff, an annual research budget that exceeds $684 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

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