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08.04.2013 11:46

UGR to Conduct Nutritional Research for Abbott in PTS

International biomedical company Abbott has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Granada (UGR) for the conduct of research and scientific development in its facilities in the BIC Business Centre, part of the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS). The research will focus on nutritional products and analysis methods which can be applied in the European Union and around the world.

This new partnership between Abbott and the UGR will bring the company's employees and scientists into contact with the University's students, researchers and teachers. Together, they will work towards a common objective of uncovering new scientific data in the fields of diabetes, obesity, lean body mass, cognition and early nutrition.

According to Abbott, the joint research will also seek to develop innovative scientific nutritional products, establish optimal nutrition guidelines for the European Union, and offer solutions for public health nutrition problems at both a local and national level.

The agreement was signed by Robert H. Miller, Divisional Vice-President of R&D, Innovation and Scientific Affairs at Abbott Nutrition, and Francisco González Lodeiro, the Vice-Chancellor of the UGR and President of the PTS Foundation. Also present were the Vice-Chancellor of the PTS, Ignacio Molina, the Provincial Manager of the Andalusian Innovation and Development Agency (IDEA), Rosa Cortés, and the Managing Director of the PTS, Jesús Quero.

Robert Miller said that "Abbott has been a leader in nutrition for 85 years, and this collaboration with the University of Granada will open up access to major research centres and widen the regional perspectives of our global research capacities". He went on to say that "taking advantage of the University's research centres and talent pool will help us advance our knowledge of nutrition, product development, client perspectives and analysis methods".

This new partnership agreement is the last in a series of collaborative contracts that Abbott has signed with a global network, and is a great example of the company's commitment to nutrition development and collaboration with like-minded institutions. Granada is now one of the three cornerstones of that international network along with Illinois (USA) and Singapore.

The valuable knowledge gained through the UGR's collaboration with Abbott will play a key role in the development of nutrition-based solutions to current local and international healthcare challenges.