AUT University partners with Roche Diagnostics

26 Jun, 2014
AUT University partners with Roche Diagnostics
The new AUT Roche Diagnostics laboratory will equip students with a ‘real life’ experience through its state of the art industry standard facilities, preparing them for the job market when they graduate.

AUT University is proud to announce the opening of the AUT Roche Diagnostics Laboratory.  The laboratory collaboration is the first of its kind in New Zealand and will provide undergraduate and postgraduate students access to the latest scientific evaluations in chemistry, immunology, and haematology.

The new laboratory will also be used for research and development of new molecular tests for the detection of pathogens and their emerging variants such as the flu virus.

The project has been led by AUT Immunology Senior Lecturer Dr Fabrice Merien (School of Applied Sciences) and his work has been instrumental in the success of the partnership.

“This collaboration has been in the works for more than a year and we have already seen amazing results from the partnership. The feedback from industry regarding our graduates that have trained in the laboratory has been universally positive“, says Dr Merien.

The opening of the new laboratory also celebrates the strong collaborative relationship between AUT and Roche Diagnostics.

AUT Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack says, “The University’s collaboration with Roche is further demonstration that AUT provides our students with a ‘real world’ learning experience as this laboratory has state of the art facilities which are used in industry. This collaborative relationship between AUT and Roche Diagnostics is an excellent example of a productive research partnership and industry investment.