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Curiosity is Driving Technology and Vice Versa

Curiosity is the primary driver of science. But developing natural curiosity into scientific thinking and motivation to uncover the endless wonders of nature is a difficult task. The Information Techn...


Isotope Fingerprints in Sports Doping

The use of performance-enhancing anabolic substances has been banned since the 1970s in competitive sports. However, substances, especially steroids, are still frequently detected and misused in sport...


The TriPlus 500 HS Family Grows

It was Pittcon 2019 when the Thermo Scientific™ TriPlus 500 Headspace Autosampler was introduced to the market of volatiles organic compounds (VOC) sampling for GC and GC-MS. Thermo Scientific TriPlus...


Oligonucleotide Therapies: New Year, New Possibilities!

Like everyone, I have been relieved to see the end of a challenging year. It is easy to look back on 2020 and be sad for the many things we missed out on. No doubt we still have challenges ahead, but ...


The Diary of a Pharmaceutical QA/QC Analyst, Aged 35 ¾

This diary belongs to Tom, I’m married with two small children aged 5 and 7 and work in the QA/QC department of a medium-sized pharmaceutical company in the UK. This year, I’ve decided to keep a diary...


Rapid Automated Peptide Mapping

The growth of bio–therapeutics has occurred mainly due to the greater success rates within the clinical trials phase of drug development. This means that more drugs are being brought to market. Due to...


Top Four Questions about Pharmaceutical Impurities

Over the past year, myself and Dr. Christian Zeine of LGC, have been engaging with scientists involved in the analysis of pharmaceutical impurities. During this time, there have been some questions th...


Tips for Validating Your Chromatography Data System

Reading through some recent U.S. FDA Warning Letters to pharma manufacturers concerning data integrity, I came across a new one regarding a Chromatography Data System (CDS). There were a couple of ver...


Demonstrating Compliance Through Audit Trail Review

"You have all these audit trails, which provide great information about your testing, but none of your procedures tell you to review those audit trails. I'll expect to see that next time I'm here."Tho...


Learning about the Cloud

“What’s the cloud?”To someone who does not live in a technology hub, this sounds like a very absurd question that does not make any grammatical sense. For the rest of us, it’s a very appropriate quest...


Orbitrap: A New Perspective in Drug Discovery

Well, that’s just your opinion.We all see, feel, experience and interpret the world around us differently; you could say we each have a unique perspective. This is partly based on environmental factor...


Monitoring Pharmaceutical Impurities

In this previous article I interviewed Dr. Christian Zeine from LGC as to what pharmaceutical impurities are, why we analyse them and the regulations surrounding pharmaceutical impurities. In this art...


Modernizing the Pharmaceutical Applications Library

My previous blog titled When Drones Deliver Your Prescription Medications had briefly touched upon on how modern day technology (e.g. drones!) is enabling fast and reliable service for today’s consume...


Pharmacopeial Modernization Made Easy

These Kids Don’t Know How Lucky They Are!Back in the 80s and early 90s we used pens and paper at school. We referred to text books and went to the library or spoke to our elders to find out answers fo...


10 Pharma New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

It’s that time of year again. The presents were wrapped and then unwrapped, the Christmas tree is a shadow of its former self, we drank, we ate, we loved, we relaxed and we’re now wearing our stretchy...