It's been a busy month for new faces – Lab based intern Jonny Hunter spent a month as part of Nottingham University's EU funded project aimed at getting post-graduates industrial experience to improve their employment prospects.
Megan Thomsett also joined for a month under the same scheme. Megan spent her time out of the lab creating new leads and cementing existing client relationships. During her time with us she wrote a very interesting blog on her experiences in securing her placement and this got picked up by the local press. You can read her blog here
or on the Nottingham Evening Post's website here
After a short holiday Megan rejoined us to reprise her role as a Market Researcher – which made her Reach's newest employee for a whole week because....
Diki Fundu has joined us as a Separation Scientist on a one year sandwich placement from Warwick University. Diki's placement is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and as well as strengthening the considerable scientific cohort in the labs she'll be working on predicting the best conditions to use for achiral SFC separations based on physicochemical properties.
Pete Ridgway and Phil Abbott attended the 'Chirality 2014' conference in Prague. As well as the quality science on show a number of new friends were made.
Amongst the areas covered by the mainly academic speakers were new approaches to performing chiral separations, lots of VCD spectroscopy and, of course, stereo-controlled synthesis.
However not everything went as smoothly as we would have liked. Our exhibition banner initially read 'Reach Separatoins', we ran out of promotional Rubik's cubes after 2 days, our Technical Director arrived with the wrong currency and our flights into Prague had 'issues' – but that's another story.
Despite the snafus, all in all it was a very successful trip and it was clear from feedback we received that word of mouth about the quality of our analytical and purification services is spreading far and wide across Europe.
New look to the website
It only seems like yesterday that the current Reach Separations' website was launched with a competition to find the 5 chart topping song titles not so subtly hidden across various pages but that was almost 2 years ago. With that in mind it was time for a refresh and a new lick of paint.
There is no need to worry though - all our blogs and news articles are still available to help you while away a rainy British summer Sunday afternoon!
If you have a look around please drop us a line to tell us what you think of the new layout and livery.
Cooperation keeps contracts coming
The benefits of the close links Reach Separations has with some of the other companies on the BioCity site, such as Aurelia, Charnwood Molecular and Xenogesis, have formed the basis of a very interesting article entitled "Cooperation keeps contracts coming" in this month's (August 2014, vol 11, issue 08) Chemistry World magazine.
If you don't have access to the printed copy of the periodical you can still read the article on the Royal Society of Chemistry's website here