FEI (NASDAQ: FEIC) today announced that it has completed the installation of a Tecnai Arctica™ cryo transmission electron microscope (cryo-TEM) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.
NTU, a young, research-intensive university, is one of the fastest rising universities in Asia. Structural biology and biomedical imaging are key research areas at the NTU School of Biological Sciences and the newly-established Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. With the purchase of two FEI microscopes, the Tecnai Arctica and Tecnai with iCorr™, the new facility is equipped with industry-leading electron microscopes for single particle analysis and correlative fluorescence imaging.
“Over the past six months, we have built up a new cryo-electron microscopy laboratory at NTU with excellent facilities for high-resolution data collection,” said Dr. Sara Sandin, assistant professor at NTU. “The Arctica will enable us to quickly and easily determine the three-dimensional structures of biologically- and medically-important enzymes and macro-molecular complexes. One example is the work being conducted by Professor Daniela Rhodes’ group, which involves the study of the structure and function of telomerase, an enzyme that is up-regulated in 85 percent of human cancers.”
“The Tecnai Arctica is an industry-leading 200kV cryo-TEM that sets standards in automation, ease-of-use and imaging performance. The system’s latest camera, the Falcon II, provides breakthrough imaging capabilities,” said Peter Fruhstorfer, vice president and general manager of FEI’s Life Sciences Business Unit. “In addition to enabling world-class research at NTU, we expect the Tecnai Arctica’s high throughput and ease-of-use to attract a broad range of academic and industrial users to the facility.”
The NTU facility installation also includes a Tecnai with iCorr TEM, which integrates a light microscope directly into the TEM column. This unique combination allows fast, easy localization of specific targets in the sample by fluorescence for direct high-resolution analysis of the target’s structure by TEM. With cryo-TEM, NMR, XRD, CLEM, image processing and a protein expression platform, NTU has the potential to become a leading center for imaging excellence.
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (
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A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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