Waters Corporation and The University of Delaware opened Immerse Delaware, a new Waters innovation and research laboratory.
As part of their multi-year research partnership announced in October 2021, the lab opening is the first step in a collaboration with biopharma scientists in industry and academia to advance industrial processes for making biotherapeutics, a release stated.
The center is located at the University of Delaware Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) campus, the former Chrysler plant site in Newark.
The lab will give students, faculty, and industry researchers access to use and evaluate analytical technologies from Waters as well as novel analytics, consumables and software, according to a release.
“Our mission to address some of the biggest challenges in the development and manufacturing of biotherapeutics requires an immense amount of work, collaboration, and diversity of thought. Immerse Delaware will enable us to tap into an ecosystem of talent and expertise in biological manufacturing, coupled with Waters’ experience in analytical technologies, to advance and accelerate the delivery of high-quality medicines to patients,” said Dr. Udit Batra, CEO of Waters Corporation.
“As a research institution, the University of Delaware has a long history of advancing new discoveries and innovations that make our world safer, healthier, and more vibrant,” said UD President Dennis Assanis. “Today, the Immerse Delaware partnership with Waters Corp. is another exciting opportunity to extend our research impact and continue building on our successes in educating the next generation of leaders in the field of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.”
Waters stated that it selected the University of Delaware as a partner due to its leadership in chemical and biological manufacturing research as well its active support of and proximity to the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), a collaborative effort amongst industry, academia, and regulators. NIIMBL is located on the STAR Campus.
Walters is a publicly traded company based in Massachusetts.