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Waters and University of Delaware Announce Official Opening of Immerse Delaware Lab

May 5, 2022

News Summary:

  • Waters opens its newest innovation and research laboratory at University of Delaware (UD) Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) campus
  • Immerse™ Delaware brings together students, faculty, and Waters scientists with industry research partners to identify and address significant challenges facing the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Lab opening milestone is part of multi-year Waters-UD research partnership to collaborate on projects with biopharma industry stakeholders

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) and The University of Delaware announced the grand opening of Immerse™ Delaware, a new Waters innovation and research laboratory. As part of their multi-year research partnership announced in October 2021, the lab opening is the first step on a journey to collaborate with biopharma scientists both in industry and academia to advance industrial processes for making and characterizing biotherapeutics.

Immerse Delaware, A Waters Innovation & Research Lab at The University of Delaware (Photo: Business Wire)

Immerse Delaware, A Waters Innovation & Research Lab at The University of Delaware (Photo: Business Wire)

Located at the University of Delaware Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) campus, Immerse Delaware is a fully functional, fit-for-purpose, bioprocess laboratory enabling a dedicated focus on the entire manufacturing process from clone selection to quality control (QC) of drug substances. It will give students, faculty and industry researchers access to use and evaluate state-of-the-art analytical technologies from Waters as well as novel analytics, consumables and software that will enable the next generation of biotherapeutics.

“Our mission to address some of the biggest challenges in the development and manufacturing of biotherapeutics requires an immense amount of work, collaboration, and diversity of thought. Immerse Delaware will enable us to tap into an ecosystem of talent and expertise in biological manufacturing, coupled with Waters’ experience in analytical technologies, to advance and accelerate the delivery of high-quality medicines to patients,” said Dr. Udit Batra, President and CEO of Waters Corporation.

“As a research institution, the University of Delaware has a long history of advancing new discoveries and innovations that make our world safer, healthier and more vibrant,” said UD President Dennis Assanis. “Today, the Immerse Delaware partnership with Waters Corp. is another exciting opportunity to extend our research impact and continue building on our successes in educating the next generation of leaders in the field of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.”

Waters selected University of Delaware as a partner due to its leadership in chemical and biological manufacturing research as well its active support of and close proximity to the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), a collaborative effort amongst industry, academia, and regulators.

Notable attendees at the lab opening included: Dennis Assanis, PhD, President, University of Delaware; Udit Batra, PhD, President and CEO, Waters Corporation; Chai Gadde, CEO of BioTek reMEDys; Kelvin Lee, PhD, Director, NIIMBL and Gore Professor of Biomolecular Engineering; Levi Thompson, PhD, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Delaware; and Michael Flemming, President, Delaware Biosciences.

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About the University of Delaware (

The University of Delaware, located in Newark, Delaware, traces its beginnings to a small private academy established in 1743. Today, UD is a research-intensive, technologically advanced institution offering more than 150 academic majors across nine colleges, serving more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University's distinguished faculty includes internationally renowned authors, scientists and artists. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified UD as having very high research activity—a designation accorded fewer than 3% of U.S. colleges and universities. The University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus in Newark is a growing center for innovation, blending cutting-edge research, top-notch academics and thriving businesses in one location. Delaware has 21 varsity sports teams that compete at the Division 1 level in the Colonial Athletic Association and the Football Championship Subdivision.

About Waters Corporation (

Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT), a global leader in analytical instruments and software, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry, and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials, and food sciences for more than 60 years. With more than 7,800 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in more than 35 countries, including 14 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries.

Waters and Immerse are trademarks of Waters Corporation.

Andrea Boyle Tippet
Senior Director, External Relations
University of Delaware

Kevin Kempskie
Senior Director, Public Relations
Waters Corporation

Source: Waters Corporation
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