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This month's newsletter covers our continued expansion with new people joining the team, some new services we've offered as well as our usual (or is that unusual?) out of work social activities.

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Best regards, Peter Ridgway

Reach Separations is Expanding.

Born in Febuary 2012 Reach started off life with 1 full time laboratory scientist. By July that year that number had doubled. No less than a year later Reach Separations are very pleased to announce that Victoria Coulthard has joined the team as a Senior Purification Scientist, working alongside Alex Brien and Phil Abbott.

Victoria attained a first class degree in Chemistry with Pharmaceutical and Forensic Science whilst concurrently studying for a Diploma in Industrial Studies giving her the perfect academic background for her current role of delivering purified materials to the pharmaceutical, agro-chemical and fine chemical industries.

As well as having a good grounding in the analytical sciences from her academic studies, Victoria also has an impressive industrial history working previously for Sygnature Discovery as a Senior Scientist supporting medicinal chemists in developing analytical methods for reaction monitioring and final compounds, isolating final compounds, downstream processes and structural elucidation.

You can contact Victoria via email on

Ultra Pure Purification

A new arrow has been added to the Reach quiver this month with our first Ultra Pure separation request. As well as our expertise in chiral chromatography the varied backgrounds of our analytical scientists means that when a client has a request for something outside of our 'bread and butter' work we can always step up and perform.

This was the case recently when a client required a significant quantity of material returning with at least 99.8% purity. Although not uncommon to require material of this purity in the pharmaceutical industry for genotoxicity studies / Ames to prevent false positives, the quantities required added an extra challenge.

Methods for producing this level of purity material were developed in house using a mixture of expert method development, dual orthoganol methods and peak slicing to produce material comfortably inside the required specification and time frames.

If you are interested in our ultrapure separations service you can get further information by calling us, or email us

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Reach's Alex Brien is leading the BioCity Nottingham team out at the Cycle Live Nottingham event . The Biocity boys will battle riders from other local businesses in the Grand Prix event, a 60 minute relay challenge around a one mile circuit of the streets of Nottingham. The race begins at 6pm with festivities stretching late into the evening, so if you are in Nottingham on Friday 21st June why not pop down to Victoria Embankment after work and cheer our boy on!

Tri-ed that - didn't like it!

Making a strong first impression in the sporting stakes, new employee Victoria has 'motivated' Technical Director Phil Abbott into joining her on his first ever triathlon over in Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. Phil was quoted as saying "It'll be her shortest job ever if she beats me!" - a little bit of inter-team competition never hurt anyone it seems.

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