Agilent Technologies Inc. announced it is opening a new Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis (LSCA) Technical Training Center in Shanghai. The center will be used to train scientists across the Asia-Pacific region on key measurement technologies used in food safety, environmental testing, petrochemical testing, pharmaceutical testing and life sciences.
The new training center is located next to Agilent's R&D and manufacturing center in Shanghai, which opened in 2002. It will serve scientists from the industrial, government and academic sectors within China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Approximately 500 people will be trained within the first year by scientific experts from China and overseas locations.
Trainees will receive hands-on instruction on the use of chemical analysis and life sciences technologies that make possible the precise identification, quantification and analysis of chemical compounds and facilitate the study of biological processes. This training will help scientists advance basic research and drug discovery, as well as quality control and other key test and measurement capabilities.
A large percentage of trainees will be from China, which is one of Agilent's largest and fastest-growing markets. Key areas of focus for Chinese trainees will be technologies involved in food safety, environmental testing, and the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and traditional Chinese medicine industries, all which are important and growing industries in China.
The Shanghai training center is the third such Agilent facility worldwide. The other centers are located in the United States and Germany.