Front Range Biosciences To Establish Hemp Science Center of Excellence
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) and Front Range Biosciences (FRB) have partnered to establish a Hemp Science Center of Excellence. Through this collaborative research and education agreement, SSI will provide instrumentation to support FRB’s new analytical laboratory for hemp research and development.
The FRB Hemp Science Center of Excellence will focus on genetics, biobanking, breeding and analysis utilizing Shimadzu HPLC/UHPLC, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS and MALDI-TOF MS instruments. Scientists at the new center will conduct chemical and genetic analytical research to support the development of new hemp varieties for the production of cannabinoids, terpenoids and other compounds for medical and wellness applications; lipid, wax and protein ingredients for food and cosmetics applications; and fiber for industrial applications.
Located at FRB’s new 39,000-square-foot headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, the center will also foster collaborations with researchers from private and public sectors, including academic, nonprofit and governmental agencies. FRB will work with SSI to expand its existing academic collaborations with renowned institutions such as Colorado University–Boulder, Colorado University–Pueblo, University of California–Davis, University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin and Cornell University, allowing investigators at other institutions to apply for grants to support students, postdoctoral candidates and other researchers at the Center of Excellence. FRB and Shimadzu will work together to evaluate and accept applications for visiting research positions.
Shimadzu’s hemp testing solutions cover a broad range of applications, from accurate potency testing and terpene profiling to contaminant testing for pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals and mycotoxins/aflatoxins.