JHU Center for Biotechnology Education Receives Gift from Qiagen
l-to-r: Patrick Cummings (JHU), Elaine Amir (JHU), Richard Hart (Director of Human Resources,
QIAGEN), Kris Obom (JHU), and Audrey Moshfeghian (JHU)
The Krieger School of Arts & Sciences’ Center for Biotechnology Education recently received an instrument donation from QIAGEN as part of the company’s groundbreaking for a $52 million expansion of its facility in Germantown. The donation, a QIAgility compact benchtop instrument, represents QIAGEN’s commitment to giving back to the local bioscience community and helping build a skilled workforce educated in the use of state-of-the-art laboratory technologies.
“The talent, skill, and passion of our employees are key to QIAGEN’s excellence, success and value today and in the future,” said Richard Hart, QIAGEN’s Director of Human Resources. “Local institutions that offer a range of bioscience and technology courses help ensure that QIAGEN and our peers in the local Maryland biotech industry have a qualified workforce with skills needed to perform successfully in this industry.”
The QIAgility is a compact benchtop instrument that enables rapid, high-precision PCR setup and is operated via a computer with easy-to-use software. The instrument can be used in a number of applications, including gene expression analysis, virus detection, genotyping, and pathogen detection.
Johns Hopkins University faculty plan to immediately integrate the equipment into several laboratory courses currently offered by the Master degree program, including High Throughput Screen Laboratory and Advanced Recombinant DNA Laboratory.
"The Center for Biotechnology Education is pleased to be the recipient of a QIAgility PCR Set-Up instrument generously donated by Qiagen, Inc.," said Patrick Cummings, Director of the JHU Center for Biotechnology Education. "The addition of this equipment to the Center's teaching laboratory at the Montgomery County Campus will provide students hands-on experience with the most current high throughput laboratory instrumentation used in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. We are most appreciative of Qiagen's support of JHU's Biotechnology Program and to their commitment to supporting higher education in Maryland."
QIAGEN also donated state-of-the-art research and diagnostic instruments to the biotech training lab at Montgomery College and has made a promise for a similar donation to the Universities at Shady Grove as the campus expands its offerings. The donations to Montgomery College and Johns Hopkins are valued at approximately $55,000 based on the instrument list price.