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Cryo-electron microscopy for industry coming soon to SOLARIS

Cryo-electron microscopy for industry coming soon to SOLARIS

The SOLARIS Centre and the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology (Jagiellonian University) won a two-stage competition for the purchase of an electron microscopy for industrial research. Funding was awarded by the National Information Processing Institute (OPI PIB) as part of the EU's Smart Growth Operational Programme.

"We have been trying to purchase a microscope because Polish companies keep asking us about the possibility of carrying out measurements using the Cryo-EM technique" - says Michał Młynarczyk, Finance and Administration Deputy Director at SOLARIS. "We expect that the total time allocated for commercial study will be at least 40% of operational time. The remaining time will be available for academic researchers" -  continues the director.

“We are keen to enable Polish companies to access this exciting new technology, which is developing very fast and is currently becoming the most important one used in structural biology. The achievable results facilitate the understanding of the cellular mechanisms behind human diseases, the design of new drugs, and the optimization of existing drug molecules. The technique is also successfully being applied in nanotechnology and other fields” - adds Sebastian Glatt, Max Planck Research Group leader at the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology - the main partner of SOLARIS in the implementation of this project.

The experiences of other Cryo-EM centres show that the demand for their services is constantly growing.

The advances made in Cryo-EM have revolutionized the field of structural biology over the last decade. The increased recognition of this technology also culminated in the Nobel Prize in Chemistry being awarded to the creator of this technology in 2017. The development of this technique has opened up new research horizons, which has resulted in a long list of groundbreaking studies published in the most prestigious scientific journals.

The cost of the purchase (11 million PLN) comprises research equipment, the sample preparation laboratory, mass storage for data collection, a computing unit for data analysis, and complimentary IT structure with software.

Co-financing will be realised under the EU's Smart Growth Operational Programme (Measure 4.2 "Development of modern research infrastructure of the science sector").
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