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Laboratory Focus March 2013

Laboratory Focus is Canada's leading editorial-based lab publication. Providing readers with the latest technology updates through application and tech notes, as well as covering new products and trends in laboratories across Canada.

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PHARMACEUTICAL CLINICAL CHEMICAL FOOD w w w. l a b o r a t o r y f o c u s . c a Sample Preparation from FFPE Tissue Specimens Utilizing the Biomek FXP Liquid Handler Page 8 ENVIRONMENT MARCH 2013 Volume 18, Number 2 Bioanalytical Assays for Biosimilar Monoclonal Antibodies Page 10 R&D News.......................... 1 Appointments..................... 6 Pharma Notes..................... 7 New Products................... 15 Calendar........................... 17 Career Spotlight............... 18 NSERC AWARDS HIGHLIGHT RESEARCHERS IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING Photo: Cpl Roxanne Shewchuk, Rideau Hall In a ceremony hosted by the Governor General David Johnston in Ottawa, researchers across disciplines, universities and levels of study were recognized for their achievements and discoveries in the natural sciences and engineering by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). For a comprehensive list of winners and their awards, go to www. NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research •Melanie Mastronardi, University of Toronto (U of T) is working to make nanotechnology more environmentally friendly by exploring ways of using silicon-based nanomaterials to find a greener and less expensive option than the heavy metals currently used. E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship •Aneil Agrawal, U of T, investigates how harmful genetic mutations enter populations and may then be removed by different forms of selection, adding to our understanding of the evolutionary consequences of such mutations and promising practical benefits in medicine. Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 L to R: Greg Scholes, John C. Polanyi, Governor General David Johnston at the NSERC Awards. •Paul W. Ayers, McMaster University, leads a research group that is developing computational and conceptual methods for predicting, interpreting and quantifying chemical phenomena by developing new machine-learning methods for predicting the prop- erties of molecules and materials, deciphering complex chemical reactions and designing new drugs. •Christophe Caloz, École polytechnique de Montréal, is developing a new generation of artificial semiconductor substances engineered to perform functions not possible with naturally occurring materials. •Warren Chan, U of T, is researching the use of quantum dots in biomedical applications. He is leading the development of hand-held devices capable of screening for molecules that indicate the presence of pathogens, including HIV, Hepatitis B and C, malaria and syphilis. •Kevin Resch, University of Waterloo, is a contributor to many major quantum information science experiments including the Danube experiment, projects on quantum entanglement and chirped laser pulses, carefully stretched pulses of light, in single-photon nonlinear optics and medical imaging. •Yu Sun, U of T, is developing robotics and automation technologies for manipulating biomaterials. His research into automated processes for biological cell manipulation is refiguring how genetic studies, cancer research and clinical cell Continued on page 3

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