AKRON—Smithers Rapra expanded its existing U.S. chemistry laboratory space by more than 40 percent, by adding a new extractables and leachables lab at the Akron Global Business Accelerator.
The expansion, which is located near Smithers' headquarters site in Akron, adds about 2,000 square feet of chemistry laboratory for Smithers Rapra. The cost of the new lab and equipment was not disclosed.
The lab adds testing capabilities to Smithers' global extractables and leachables services, with capabilities for gas chromatography mass spectrometry, ultra performance liquid chromatography/HRAM mass spectrometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and pH and conductivity testing. It also supports Smithers' current Akron analytical lab serving rubber and polymer product manufacturers.
"We wanted to be certain we had some of the best capabilities available on the market today in order to best serve the increasing demands of extractables and leachables science," President Nat Leonard said. "Our LC-MS system is capable of accurate mass measurements of less than one part per million."
The lab also has added a Waters UNIFI scientific information system, which allows researchers to build out compound libraries using multiple points of identification for the trace level components in samples.
"This translates into more confident identification of unknown components in samples. Ultimately, this is what will best serve our clients' needs," Leonard said.
The GC-MS system is equipped with a robotic sampler that gives flexibility in preparing samples, and a cryogenic injection system that makes analysis of highly volatile compounds more reliable and sensitive. Other equipment includes a total organic carbon analyzer.
"Between our Akron laboratories and our package testing laboratory in Lansing, Mich., we work with clients on the entire lifecycle of medical components and devices: E&L analyses, materials characterization, device performance analysis and packaging optimization," Leonard said.
Paul Cummings joined the lab's team as general manager, and led the effort for extractables and leachables, and food contact analyses, Leonard said. Cummings brings more than 35 years of experience in chemistry and leadership in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently working as a research fellow and manager of trace organic analysis for Intertek Pharmaceutical Services. He also has worked at West Pharmaceutical, Drugscan, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck.
In April, Daniel Norwood joined the organization as senior consultant. Norwood has more than 41 years of experience in chemistry and pharmaceutical research, and has worked in multiple areas of analytical chemistry, including structural analysis of pharmaceutical impurities and degradation products, along with assessment of extractables and leachables. He has conducted research for Boehringer Ingelheim, Magellan Laboratories and the Glaxo Research Institute.