13.5 million euro for Dutch proteomics facility

Friday, 02 March 2012 14:25

State Secretary Zijlstra of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands announces today that the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will fund the large-scale research facility for proteomics, called Proteins@Work. The project, that is coordinated by Albert Heck of the Netherlands Proteomics Centre and PRIME-XS, receives 13.5 million euro for a period of 5 years as part of the Dutch National Road Map for Large-scale Research Facilities, for which 80 million euro was made available.

The Proteins@Work-facility will make high-level technology, equipment and expertise for studying proteins in cells and tissues available to the biological and biomedical researchers in the Netherlands. The facility is of great benefit to Dutch Life Sciences and, in particular, will aid in the prevention and diagnosis of disease. “We work with everybody who wants to understand how proteins work, for example how proteins can cause disease, but also how stem cells can develop into healthy organs”, says Albert Heck, the initiator of Proteins@Work. “Proteins are the essential workhorses in cells and to understand life, we need to know how proteins work together.” The Proteins@Work programme is a collaboration between Utrecht University, the UMC Utrecht, the Hubrecht Institute, the Erasmus MC Rotterdam and the Netherlands Cancer Institute and builds upon the Netherlands Proteomics Centre and the European large-scale proteomics facility, PRIME-XS.