Open your mind to industry partnerships, and you never know where it might take you…
Kevin Schug |
As a young assistant professor, I would go to conferences and see presentations from well-established professors, detailing their work on the very best and newest instruments. I asked myself, “How can they possibly have their hands on a new instrument every time one comes out?” Of course, I quickly discovered that many of them have close relationships with instrument vendors, and those companies put the new instruments in their lab. Having access to the newest technology is a massive advantage in a field that’s evolving quickly, and I decided I needed to figure out a way to have that type of connection.
I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to do just that in 2012, when the University of Texas at Arlington and Shimadzu signed a major deal to create the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry. It was made possible by forward thinking, science-minded administrative officers at the university and, when we inked that first deal, it was a game-changer. All of a sudden, we were working with all the latest, greatest and most sensitive instruments – it was instant credibility.
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