Leica Microsystems to become founding partner of European molecular biology training centre

6 January 2009

Microscope designer Leica Microsystems and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) have signed a corporate partnership
agreement whereby Leica Microsystems becomes a founding partner of the EMBL Advanced Training Centre, scheduled to be completed in September 2009.

Besides its financial involvement, the company will provide EMBL with Leica systems and will support events for the international scientific community.

In return, Leica will be granted access to the first-class facilities of
the molecular biology research institute to run product and application
training courses.

“We are greatly looking forward to this further consolidation of our
cooperation with EMBL and its renowned experts. It will bring us closer to trends and future developments. The collaboration with one of the leading international life sciences institutes and access to its new technologies will provide input into the development of our technology and products,” said Dr. Stefan Traeger, Head of the Life Science Division of Leica Microsystems.

All parties involved will benefit from stronger links with the scientific network and closer contacts with international students and research scientists.

"The support of Leica Microsystems is an important step in the creation of a central training and conference centre for the Life Sciences in Europe. We are pleased to welcome such a renowned company as our partner and are looking forward to autumn 2009 when constructions will be completed and the Advanced Training Centre will open its doors," said Professor Iain Mattaj, EMBL's Director General.

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