Waters’ Centers of Innovation Program Recognizes Forensic Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Copenhagen

February 19, 2016

At a ceremony at the University of Copenhagen, Waters Corporation (Milford, Massachusetts) officially welcomed the University’s Forensic Chemistry Laboratory within the Department of Forensic Medicine into the Waters Centers of Innovation Program.

At a ceremony at the University of Copenhagen, Waters Corporation (Milford, Massachusetts) officially welcomed the University’s Forensic Chemistry Laboratory within the Department of Forensic Medicine into the Waters Centers of Innovation Program. The laboratory, headed by prof. Kristian Linnet, provides essential drug analysis services to law enforcement and medical examiners who are investigating suicides, suspicious deaths caused by drug overdoses or poisonings, and drug-related crimes. Test results obtained on samples collected at a crime scene or from autopsies-blood, urine, tissue, saliva, and hair-are crucial in solving crimes or the causes of accidental or deliberate death.

Niels Morling, the professor of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark said in a statement, “We expect a fruitful collaboration on developing new forensic methods based on mass spectrometry, which is an exciting, rapidly developing field.”

Petur Weihe Dalsgaard is a research scientist in the Forensic Chemistry Laboratory. He and his fellow scientists are experts in the development of new analytical methods based on mass spectrometry.

“The illegal drug trade imposes tremendous costs on society,” said Dalsgaard in a statement. “Our mission is to quickly provide law enforcement with the best available expertise, along with accurate and unassailable test results that answer some very tough questions.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have the University of Copenhagen and Dr. Dalsgaard participate in our program” Eric Fotheringham, the director of Waters’ Centers of Innovation Program said. “Due to popular television series like Making a Murderer and CSI, forensic science is very much in the public eye today. It’s a fascinating science and one that skilled scientists like Petur and his team bring to crime scene investigations every day.”