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Peak Scientific proud to support ground-breaking Africa LC-MS workshop

Peak Scientific, the global leader in gas generation for analytical laboratories, is proud to have recently supported a ground-breaking LC-MS workshop in Kenya. The workshop, organized by the Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN) was the first LC-MS workshop of its kind to be held in Africa.

JKUAT LC-MS Workshop

Attendees of the JKUAT LC-MS Workshop in Kenya

Peak Scientific was able to donate an NM32LA nitrogen gas generator to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for use at the workshop after being approached by the Recycling Organisation for Research Opportunities (RORO). RORO recycles scientific analytical instrumentation by redistributing it to academic institutions in the developing world. The instrumentation RORO recycles often needs a gas supply, as in the case of JKUAT which received a Micromass Quattro Ultima LC-MS/MS system donated by Waters Corporation. This instrument required a gas supply which Peak were pleased to provide by donating a brand new NM32LA nitrogen generator to the university.

With the equipment in place, JKUAT and RORO were able to hold a 5-day practical based LC-MS/MS training workshop, the first of its kind in Africa. The workshop was attended by 12 participants from Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.

Dr Giles Edwards, Technical Director and Founder Trustee at RORO, commented:

“It is always a great achievement any time RORO is able to support scientific research in developing countries through the provision of sophisticated analytical instrumentation. By working with companies like Waters Corporation and Peak Scientific, who are willing to donate equipment, we are able to provide research opportunities that would otherwise not be possible due to financial constraints. It is RORO's vision to assist with fostering a global solidarity movement of scientists who can support each other; this in turn will enable researchers at JKUAT for example to reach their full potential and make valuable contributions to the scientific community worldwide.”

Mark Flannagan, Marketing Director at Peak Scientific, commented:

At Peak we strive to contribute to RORO projects whenever we can. By providing the NM32LA generator to JKUAT we were pleased to remove the worry of gas costs, enabling the LC-MS research planned there to progress unaffected by this financial constraint.

The donated equipment will continue to benefit JKUAT which will use it for non-targeted and targeted analysis covering a broad range of applications from environmental monitoring through to industrial pharmacy.

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