UAlbany Research Boosted by Xray Optical Systems Gift
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4981
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 28, 2002) -- X-ray Optical Systems is donating
$116,000 of custom x-ray optics to strengthen University at Albany research
efforts in medical imaging, genomics/proteomics and pharmaceuticals.
The Capital Region firm, a developer and manufacturer of x-ray optics
that support cutting-edge research, materials development and manufacturing
control, over the years "has provided almost $500,000 of cash funding
for UAlbany research," said company president David Gibson. X-ray Optical
System's most recent gift, an x-ray source and six polycapillary lenses
that redirect x-rays into highly parallel or slightly focused beams,
will enhance the research being done by Professor Carolyn MacDonald
and Assistant Professor Susanne Lee of the Physics Department and the
University's Center for X-ray Optics.
The collaboration exemplifies an ideal arrangement - and a long partnership
- between industry and higher education. Gibson's father, X-ray Optical
Systems co-founder Walter Gibson, was a UAlbany physics professor when
he started the firm in 1990 as an incubator company paying rent for
space in a University basement.
The University and X-ray Optical Systems have jointly applied for and
received funding from NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National
Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Army
Breast Cancer Research Program.
UAlbany, Gibson observed, "is at the forefront of life sciences research.
The University and the new Life Sciences Center are part of the cutting
edge, using their strengths in physics, nanosciences, chemistry, biology,
and other fields to drive for a fundamental understanding of the life
sciences. For example, professors MacDonald and Lee will use the gift
to develop better tools for determining the structure of proteins and
for understanding and controlling pharmaceutical forming processes.
Another example is the development of devices on a chip that can monitor
life science processes - research being done at the University's new
School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering."
Gibson added that the University has provided invaluable resources
to X-ray Optical Systems, including its "faculty, staff and student
expertise; extensive research libraries; and specialized and expensive
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