The laboratory includes 4 HPLCs, 4 UHPLCs, 2 GC-FIDs, 2 GC-MSs, 1 headspace, 2 spectrophotometers, 1 ICP-OES, 1 UPLC-MS/MS, 1 HPTLC, 1 NIR, and 1 microscope as well as a DNA extractor/purifier, DNA quantifier and a real time PCR unit.
We employ 3 PhDs, 4 MScs, and 8 BScs.
The GC is used to analyse volatile molecules with a high melting point, such as fatty acids in fish oil. In addition, samples submitted to the GC do not need solvents or a “liquid mobile phase”; instead, samples are carried by an inert gas through the system.
The HPLC is a master specialist in determining the identity and quantity of elements and molecules, be they the activity in an herb, the product of an enzymatic reaction, or any molecule which absorbs light or that can be made chromophore (able to absorb/transmit light).
The HPTLC is an effective tool to verify the fingerprint of identity of plant materials against a reference plate. We are able to confirm the profile of a plant thanks to this tool, and to ensure the right material is being used.
ICP specializes in analysing metals and minerals. With this device, we can effectively and precisely determine the identity and quantity of any metal present in a sample, be it iron, magnesium, lead, mercury, or boron. The process to test for these metals is much more straightforward than it would be on the HPLC or LC/MS.
The venerable microscope is still a staple in any laboratory. Of course, we use a modern light microscope; this style of microscope utilizes a focused beam of light that is converged by the condenser lens onto a specific point on the specimen.
Our laboratory has also added DNA extraction and analysis capability. With this capability we can identify if an ingredient was harvested from a genetically modified source.
NIR can be used to test a wide variety of substances; for example, herbs and isolates such as amino acids. NIR can test almost anything, so long as we have a sample known to be that substance. With this device, we can guarantee the freshness of the plants we use in your product.
The spectrophotometer is a cost-effective tool that can be used to determine the quantity of samples which absorb or transmit light. Based on absorption or transmittance of light, a correlation can be made to determine the quantity of a substance.
If the HPLC is the master specialist in identifying and quantifying, then the UPLC‑MS/MS is the all-star. It is able to do everything the HPLC can do, only better and more precisely.