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All About Metabolites for ASMS 2016

Asmsby Richard Lee, Solutions Manager, Metabolite Identification & Characterization (ACD/Labs)

The 64th Annual Conference for the American Society of Mass Spectrometry is just days away! Referred to as ASMS, the conference will take place from Sunday, June 5th through Thursday, June 9th at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, and cover mass spectrometry and all allied topics.  

This year at ASMS, ACD/Labs has a big announcement planned around the launch of a new solution related to metabolite identification that I’m personally very excited about sharing with the scientific community. In the last nine months or so, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a number of MetID and DMPK groups from a variety of industries—including big pharma, agro sciences, and contract research organizations. During these conversations, we've covered a broad range of topics, from workflows to data interpretation and analysis challenges. What has become apparent to me is that regardless of industry, there are significant and common challenges when it comes to metabolite identification: the tedious amount of time required to prepare data before any spectral interpretation, the verification of detected and identified metabolites, the compilation of data once interpreted, the creation of a report including the biotransformation map, and finally, the near impossibility of data dissemination due to the various data storage locations. 

Surprisingly, most groups are also still using paper documents to communicate the results from metabolism studies to chemistry groups or using a file share site like Sharepoint to house results (which is still unsearchable even though it is a digital copy of results). These challenges are ultimately making it difficult for the MetID and DMPK groups to work efficiently and to produce high quality work. Stay tuned for more about our announcement at ASMS. We think you'll be pleased with how ACD/Labs is addressing many of these challenges in our new product related to metabolite identification.

In addition to the launch of our new product, ACD/Labs will be exhibiting at booth #701, participating in a presentation, and hosting a seminar. Here is an overview of our activity and where you can find the ACD/Labs team at the show:

  • Breakfast Seminar (Monday, June 6th at 6:45 AM, Room 224)—Enjoy breakfast while networking and listening to opening remarks from myself, a short presentation from guest speaker Amanda DeGraw of St. Jude Medical on how ACD/MS Workbook Suite assists in the analysis of LC-UV-MS extractables and leachables data, and much more. Register here to reserve your spot.
  • New Platform Announcement (Monday, June 6th at 7:45 AM, Room 224)—During the breakfast seminar, I’ll be announcing the new solution. Be sure to join the session and keep an eye out for an announcement from us with more information about the launch.
  • Poster Presentation (Wednesday, June 8th at 12:30PM, Poster #WP 170)—Visit the ACD/Labs team poster presentation, “Platform Agnostic Data Processing Routine for Targeted and Untargeted Metabolite Identification in Drug Discovery,” where Vitaly Lashin, Alexandre Sakarov, and I will discuss a new automated software routine that helps scientists address the challenge of structure elucidation of metabolites from the parent compounds in metabolite identification.

If you’re attending ASMS 2016, we’re looking forward to seeing you on the show floor! Be sure to stop by the ACD/Labs booth to ask questions, learn more about our new solution, or meet members of the ACD/Labs team! Also, check out our Twitter account, @ACDLabs, ASMS’ Twitter account, @asmsnews, and the conference hashtag, #ASMS16, for updates from the show floor. Finally, for more information visit our events page at: http://www.acdlabs.com/asms2016/.

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