The Carleton Mass Spectrometry Centre (CMSC) Seeks External Partners for New Research and Development Projects: a CATA Partnered Resource
May 25, 2015

The Carleton Mass Spectrometry Centre (CMSC) Seeks External Partners for New Research and Development Projects

• Access to the expertise and infrastructure at the CMSC

• For partners in industry, government, and academia

• With analytical and/or technology based needs that are aligned with the CMSC’s Focus List

• Respond by August 1st, 2015

Contact: CATAAlliance Phone: 613-236-6550 Email:

The CMSC is looking to identify organizations that are interested in augmenting their research and development capabilities as a part of Carleton University’s new external outreach initiative. This initiative, called Carleton Front Door, aims to generate revenue for the University by providing access to its research infrastructure and services to partners on a fee-for-service and/or collaborative basis.

CMSC Background: Located on the Carleton University campus in Ottawa, Ontario, the CMSC is a new analytical research centre in the Faculty of Science. The state-of-the-art centre houses 9 mass spectrometers: 7 coupled to high performance liquid chromatography systems, and 2 coupled to gas chromatography systems. Under the direction of Dr. Jeff Smith, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Biochemistry and a leader in the mass spectrometry research field, the CMSC has the capability to accurately and efficiently identify and quantify the molecular components of complex samples, including (but not limited to): biological tissues and fluids, waste water, food and beverage products, and complex chemical mixtures (such as pesticides).

Competitive Advantages to Working with the CMSC:

• Highly-qualified operations team with a client-oriented approach that is unique in academia

• Access to multiple mass spectrometry systems to decrease turn-around times for data generation

• Dedicated grant-writing team to augment R&D budgets by leveraging government funding

• Access to the Carleton Front Door network across the Faculties of Science and Engineering, as well as the Science Technology Centre for manufacturing and prototype development

• We are the only centre in the world that can use the TrEnDi (Trimethylation Enhancement using Diazomethane) methodology to increase sensitivity of mass spectrometry analyses

For more information, visit our website at

Focus List: The CMSC is specifically looking to partner with organizations with some of the following characteristics:

• Face analytical challenges that require unique research into the molecular breakdown of a product and/or process

• Have ongoing needs for analysis and would like to outsource this process

• Want to develop technology or methods related to mass spectrometry applications, including software for the analysis of “big data” generated in health research

• Are interested in pursuing government grants for academic-industrial collaborations

• Have a product/market focus in health-care, health research technology, food/beverage production and processing, big data analysis, computing, environmental, chemical, and industrial sectors

Qualification of Interest: Please review the above Focus List and determine your organization's needs and interests. Should you wish to pursue a potential partnership, please contact CATAAlliance by August 1st, 2015 at 17:00 EST with your expression of interest, as well as any background information related to your organization.

The CMSC is excited to meet with organizations that share our research vision, and to headline the Carleton Front Door initiative to help augment external research capabilities.

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