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Dear Readers, Welcome to the latest issue of Micro
Microbioz India is pleased to share an exclusive interview with Suryakanth Gudgunti, LGC’s Business Development Manager for India, the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Based in Mumbai, India, Suryakanth works in LGC’s pharmaceutical go-to-market team, and is a government registered pharmacist with 24 years of experience in the field of reference standards and impurities. He assists customers in both B2B and B2C enterprises in meeting their regulatory requirements, and promotes the LGC brands Mikromol and TRC – increasing the exposure of their pharmaceutical reference materials and research chemicals ranges in those three key markets.
How does using an LGC reference standard help ensure safer and more accurate pharmaceutical analysis?
LGC is a global manufacturer and provider of reference standards. We have a long history in measurement science and producing reference materials for a wide range of applications. Through a sustained programme of investment in our facilities over more than a decade, LGC now has an unparalleled breadth in its reference standard production capabilities. We have manufacturing facilities around the world – Luckenwalde and Augsburg in Germany, plus Manchester in New Hampshire, USA, and Charleston in South Carolina – all of which have been operating for over 20 years and are accredited to ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 17034.
LGC’s manufacturing capabilities support a large portfolio of catalogue reference standards in a wide variety of application areas – including products sold under the Mikromol™ pharmaceutical reference standards brand.
As well as the standards in its catalogue, Mikromol also provides a full suite of custom reference standards manufacturing services – including complete outsourcing solutions from sourcing/synthesis of materials, through to characterisation, certification, packaging and distribution.
What have been LGC’s main accomplishments during the last five years?
Reference standards are essential components of quality control in research and development laboratories for the bio-pharma, pharma, food, and beverage industries. Our Mikromol range of impurity, API and excipient reference materials helps our pharmaceutical clients control the quality of their manufacturing processes. And we are proud to play a vital role in our customers’ quest to cure diseases and improve the quality of people’s lives.
LGC is also pleased to rank 25th in the latest Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 league table, and we remain its highest ranked life sciences company. Our current placing is an improvement on the previous year’s rank of 40, and a testament to LGC’s growth. This 2020 table represents the growth of mid-market companies before the COVID-19 pandemic, but highlights how many have responded to the pandemic as well – with examples of how LGC and other companies supported their communities and the UK National Health Service.
We are a leading global life science tools company, providing mission-critical components and solutions into high-growth application areas across the human healthcare and applied market segments. Our 180 years of scientific heritage, combined with a track record of innovation and value-enhancing acquisitions, has enabled us to build our product portfolio and expertise, and develop deep relationships with customers, industry partners and the global scientific community.
How can LGC reference standards improve routine pharmaceutical analysis?
We are committed to providing quality research tools and chemicals, certified reference materials and proficiency testing services – and consider accreditation through independent agencies essential in giving you confidence in the products and services we provide. Many of our reference standard ranges are accredited to ISO 17034 and produced under our sites’ ISO 17025 certification for testing and calibration laboratories, which enables us to issue detailed documentation for our products.
LGC is also a United Kingdom Accreditation Service accredited proficiency testing provider (ISO/IEC 17043). So, in choosing us, you choose a product certified to the quality you need and manufactured in an accredited facility, you choose a history of expertise and experience, you choose expert advice in your local language and time zone, all of which support your testing and accuracy.
Could you tell us how LGC makes laboratory pharmaceutical analysis easier and more accurate?
LGC now has a majority stake in Toronto Research Chemicals (TRC) – a leading manufacturer and supplier of synthetic organic biochemicals that are used as reference standards, research tools and building blocks by a highly diversified global customer base across the pharmaceutical, applied and research sectors.
TRC’s catalogue features a wide range of products used in pharmaceutical and medicinal R&D, as well as forensic science and environmental analysis. It encompasses analytical standards, natural product APIs, impurities and metabolites, as well as thousands of stable labelled standards. TRC also specialises in providing high quality biochemicals in custom pack sizes to satisfy any quantity requirements, and will undertake production of new and known compounds upon customer order.
TRC research chemicals for neurology, neurodegenerative diseases and mental disorders
Advances in immunology, genomics and AI are helping shine a light on the complexity of the human brain as never before, but significant gaps in our understanding are holding back therapeutic development.
TRC offers a uniquely large catalogue of research neurochemicals, from bioactive molecules, APIs, impurities and metabolites, to controlled substances and 21,000+ stable labelled standards.
For almost three decades, Mikromol™ reference standards have been produced to the highest quality, to provide you with the reliable quality control and validation materials you need. Today the majority of analytical measurements are performed under our ISO/IEC 17025 scope of accreditation and a leading range of products are manufactured according to our ISO 17034 accreditation. In our range of more than 6,000 pharmaceutical API, impurity and excipient reference standards, each comes with a comprehensive Certificate of Analysis detailing the characterisation process for the material, and ensuring its suitability for both qualitative and quantitative analysis