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BAL is CGMP Compliant!

CGMPBAL is excited to announce that we are now fully CGMP-compliant to current pharmaceutical requirements. The first question you may be asking yourself is what does CGMP compliant mean? It means that our pharmaceutical clients can rely upon Brooks Applied Labs for our technical acumen and quality as well as the documentation and system demands of the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR Parts 210, 211, and 11) and International Council on Harmonization (ICH Q7, Q9), especially as related to our compliance with data integrity requirements. This also means that our clients no longer need different laboratories to support CGMP, R&D, and MS&T facets of their business cycles, which equates to increased efficiencies and standardized high data quality throughout their enterprise. Browse our updated Pharmaceuticals Website for additional information. You can also quickly and easily request a quotation through our website!

Welcome Chuck Bagi!

Chuck BagiWe are thrilled to announce that Chuck Bagi has joined Brooks Applied Labs as a Technical Sales Specialist. As a key member of our Business Development team, Chuck is responsible for identifying and capturing new opportunities to collaborate with our pharmaceutical market clients as well as supporting our clients working on Department of Energy sites. He works closely with our business development and project management teams to ensure that the client’s objectives are met and the best possible analytical solution is selected for each project. Chuck is originally from Michigan where he received his BS degree in chemistry from Oakland University in Rochester. In his free time, Chuck enjoys playing guitar and riding motorcycles. Welcome to the Brooks Applied Labs family, Chuck!

Road Warriors, off to Winter Conference!

Tucson CactusBrooks Applied Labs is going to the 2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry in Tucson January 13 – 18. Technical Director Hakan Gürleyük and Associate Research Chemist Nausheen Sadiq will be in attendance this year. In addition to the conference presentations, Hakan and Nausheen will attend various short courses at the conference, such as Arsenic and Mercury Speciation in Biological Samples, QQQ ICP-MS, Theory and Practical Use of Reaction Cells and Collision Cells for ICP-MS, and Identification and Correction of Interferences in Practical ICP-MS. Initiatives that support the on-going analytical chemistry education of our scientists, such as attending top-notch technical conferences, is just one way that BAL demonstrates our commitment to our staff and to exceeding our clients’ expectations.

Rare Earth Elements: Not as Rare as You Thought

Rare EarthWhat are rare earth elements (REE), you might ask? According to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), REEs include the lanthanide series elements plus two bonus elements (yttrium and scandium). Although they are considered rare, REEs exist “hidden” in water and solid materials all around us. Brooks Applied Labs (BAL) has developed analytical methods to support not just trace, but ultra-trace quantitation of REEs using column chelation paired with inductively coupled plasma triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (CC-ICP-QQQ-MS). Partnering with BAL to take advantage of our advanced analytical techniques allows our clients to confidently capture data in parts-per-quadrillion units of pg/L (that’s right, picograms!).

Analytical data for REEs at these low levels supports studies related to environmental forensics, phytotoxicity, change control for chemically defined media, and hydrological movement of contaminants and tracers.

We may not see REEs around us, but they are present in lasers, magnets, capacitors, superconductors, and much more! Although industrial applications for the use of REEs have expanded in the past half a century, regulations have not kept up.  Few, if any, regulations exist associated with REEs. Many studies focused on the uptake and effects of REEs in agricultural crops and other plants have been performed (e.g., Carpenter et. al. 2015 and Allison et. al. 2015), and these studies have concluded that REEs can have a negative impact on the viability of crops and health of the vegetative ecosystem around us.

Being experts in mass spectrometry provides BAL scientists the tools to develop novel and, most importantly, applicable analytical technologies to support both industrial applications as well as protecting our environment for future generations. Please contact us if you’d like to receive more information regarding the articles referenced above or to discuss how analysis of low-level REEs can support your upcoming projects.

BAL is On the Road Again…

BAL Road WarriorsNovember is a busy month, and Brooks Applied Labs’ Road Warriors are out all across North America!

Elizabeth Madonick will be in Toronto November 3 – 7 for the SETAC North America 40th Annual Meeting, a conference that draws environmental chemists and toxicologist from around the world to share and learn from each other. Reach out to Elizabeth if you’d like to connect while she’s there!

Also in Toronto, on November 8, Russ Gerads and Ben Wozniak will again be attending the North American Metals Council (NAMC) Selenium Working Group meeting to participate in discussions on selenium treatment, environmental effects, and analytical methodology.

Ben and Russ will then be off to Orlando November 11 – 15 where they will be presenting and exhibiting at the International Water Conference. Their scientific presentation “Monitoring for Over-Reduction of Selenium in Closed Vessel and Passive Bioreactor Treatment Systems” will be on the first day of the conference. If this topic is of interest to you, or if you would like to connect with Ben or Russ in Florida, please feel free to reach out!

BAL Supports MS Society Fundraiser

Misty's TanksOver the weekend of September 7-8 the Brooks Applied Labs Bike MS Team, now named Misty’s Tanks, participated in our 15th Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic. Our team raised $2,100 including matching from the BAL Gives program. Every dollar raised helps to find a cure to this disease that affects millions of people directly and many more when you consider their families and friends. To contribute to Misty’s Tanks, click here.