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World leading technology and expertise.

At Platinum Discovery our internationally recognised scientists have access to one of the world’s largest facilities for proteomic analysis using mass spectrometry.

Our unique Laboratory at the University of Dundee provides the perfect environment for our Discovery team, led by Professor Angus Lamond, to meet your contract research needs.

Our vision is to transform scientific experimentation by bringing the digital laboratory of the future to the research laboratories of today.

This philosophy drives efficiency in every step of your discovery pipeline. Helping you to identify new drug targets, biomarkers, and therapeutics by designing experiments and workflows that optimise research outcomes.

Our Discovery Service

We offer a comprehensive outsource solution. Working with us brings expertise and technological capacity together to solve your research challenges. All client projects benefit from our secure cloud-based informatics and analytics system.


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Consult

We believe that no research challenge is routine and that is why your Platinum Discovery experience starts with expert consultation.

Design

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Design

Client projects are informed by years of experience in experimental design and the latest insights from academic research.

Process

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Process

A complete experimental service with access to a range of clinical material.

Analyse

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Analyse

Flexible and comprehensive analysis using our cost-effective pipeLINE (link) tool for automated, high performance computing.

Insight

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Insight

Data evaluation options including our cloud-based informatics software (link), which supports interactive visualisations and data integration across projects.

Leading technology

Our facilities are one of the largest mass spectrometry facilities available for contract research projects. We offer state-of-the-art capabilities for identifying proteins and for measuring their properties and interactions.

Read more about our technology and how its application can benefit your project.

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Protein-Protein Interactions
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Target Deconvolution
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Post Translational Modifications (PTMs)
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Protein Turnover
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Data Dependent Acquisition (DDA)
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Data Independent Acquisition (DIA)
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Label Free Quantitation (LFQ) and/or Isotope Labelling (SILAC or TMT)

Our Experts

All the experimental work we carry out is captured using our DESIMAL software suite, ensuring the projects are delivered reliably, efficiently and securely. The DESIMAL software suite provides access to cost-effective solutions for big data management, analysis and visualisation.

Dr. Frank Rao

Dr. Frank Rao

Frank is an experienced biochemist with expertise in structural biology and the analysis of glycoproteins. Frank was awarded his BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. He went on to complete a Masters and Industrial CASE PhD (together with Syngenta Ltd) in Structural Biology at the University of Dundee. In 2007, Frank received both EMBO long-term fellowship and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research fellowship to carry out postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Professor Stephen Withers and Professor Natalie Strynadka at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Following his research in Canada, Frank returned to the UK in 2010 with a FEBS return-to-Europe fellowship and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Reintegration Grants (IRG) in microbiology. Frank helped establish the university of Dundee spin-out company GlycoBioChem Ltd in 2012. In 2013, Frank joined DC Biosciences a university of Dundee spin-out. In 2019, Frank joined Platinum Discovery.

Prof. Angus Lamond

Prof. Angus Lamond

Angus is a world leading biochemist specialising in quantitative analyses of gene expression in human cells and model organisms. He is a Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Platinum Informatics. The Lamond Laboratory research how the expression of genes is controlled in human cells and it was in the Lamond Laboratory that Platinum Informatics was born. A Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Dundee since 1995, Angus has authored over 250 peer reviewed publications in major scientific journals. Angus is a distinguished speaker who is regularly invited to present his work at international conferences and seminars. He has served on numerous national and international review committees and scientific advisory boards and chaired important funding and appointment committees.

After graduating with a degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Glasgow, Angus obtained his PhD in Cambridge at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ’s College. Angus next moved to the USA as a postdoctoral fellow, working at M.I.T. with the Nobel Prize Winner Phillip Sharp, where he studied the mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing in mammalian cells. He then moved to Germany, where he worked for 8 years as a Group Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg. In Heidelberg, while Angus continued to study the mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing in human cells, he also started using mass spectrometry-based proteomics methods to analyse gene expression.

Angus has 30 years’ experience in directing a multidisciplinary life sciences research laboratory, combining molecular cell biology with mass spectrometry and computational approaches, where he was an early adopter of ‘Big Data’ technologies. His research techniques have uncovered regulatory pathways that affect gene expression in the context of both health and disease, with a major current focus on studying human stem cells.

Discover the future

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