Argentina Celebrates Opening of Cutting-Edge Research Laboratory at Rosario National University

New laboratory marks the site of the first Nikon International Center of Microscopy and Excellence in Latin America

MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The scientific community of Argentina has much to celebrate with the inauguration of the Max Planck Laboratory for Structural Biology, Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics of Rosario (MPLbioR) at the Rosario National University (UNR). Along with welcoming the laboratory, attendees also celebrated the opening of the first Nikon International Center of Microscopy and Excellence in Latin America, which houses several advanced Nikon microscope systems.

The focus of MPLbioR, headed by Dr. Claudio Fernández, is discovery, design and development of preclinical drugs. This lab reflects a significant federal investment in science and technology, housing top technological tools - including an advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) system, and the world's most cutting-edge optical microscopy equipment.

Access to cutting-edge technology and tools is critical for advancing science and discovery not only in the university but the surrounding community. The lab's connection with the Nikon International Center of Microscopy and Excellence in Latin America marks the latest of several such partnerships Nikon Instruments has made with institutes of higher education, and was formed as a partnership between UNR and Nikon Instruments, Inc. to provide the latest advancements in microscopy to the local community.

"Not only will the Center serve to lower the barriers of research and provide access to technology and high-end instrumentation, but collaborations with world-class scientists and researchers also puts Nikon Instruments on the pulse of scientific discovery," said Jim Hamlin, Vice President for Sales of Nikon Instruments, Inc., who was present at the inauguration. "These close relationships with scientific communities are critical to ensure Nikon is pursuing and developing imaging solutions and research applications most needed for further discovery."

"Argentina is home to some of the most talented and forward-thinking scientists in the world, and it's only fitting that they have access to the very best resources and tools they need to push their research forward," said Steve Ross, General Manager, Products and Marketing, Nikon Instruments Inc. "Nikon is dedicated to lowering barriers to scientific discovery, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to help make that a reality here, starting with the Nikon International Center of Microscopy and Excellence at the National University of Rosario."

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the president of UNR, Dario Maiorana, Chief of Cabinet, Jorge Capitanich, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Lino Barañao, the Minister of Health, Juan Luis Manzur, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bernhard Graf von Waldersee, and the Vice President for Sales of Nikon Instruments, Inc., Jim Hamlin.


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