PITTCON 2017 was a particularly big event for the ACD/Labs team this year because we were focused on the launch of Luminata, our new informatics solution for comprehensive impurity and characterization management. The five days we spent in Chicago were the culmination of months of hard work across the entire organization, and I’m pleased to say that the launch went off without a hitch. I had the opportunity to meet with the folks at LabTube to talk about ACD/Labs and our vision for Luminata. Watch the video in our post.
Back in 1996, I recall someone saying that prediction software such as ACD/Labs NMR Predictors would eliminate the need to run lab experiments, which would be replaced with “paper chemistry”. Organic chemistry researchers were even more cynical because they believed that nomenclature software - like ACD/Name - would enable students to avoid learning nomenclature rules. Overall, the faculty were concerned that ACD/NMR Predictors and ACD/Name put their jobs at risk. Fast-forward 21 years later, and I find myself a part of the ACD/Labs team that makes all these wonderful things possible.
PANIC 2017 took place at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island, SC, a few weeks ago. We knew we were in for a treat when we landed in bright sunshine at Savannah airport—quite a contrast from the cold and snow of Toronto. We realized things were a little bit …different in Hilton Head Island when the shuttle driver told us that yes, there are alligators here and we should be a bit careful when walking next to standing water. In fact we saw a couple of them next to the water in ponds on the way to the venue.
Another PITTCON is upon us and we are eager to get the show started! We will be exhibiting at booth #2918, showcasing our solutions and networking with fellow scientists. Additionally, we will be busy with a number of other activities as well as making an exciting announcement about our product pipeline for 2017. Read more about our team’s activities at PITTCON 2017.
In an effort to help separations scientists succeed in 2017, we decided to launch a webinar series aimed at informing the scientific community about how software can assist and improve method development strategies. Hosted by members of the ACD/Labs’ technical and scientific services team—Anne Marie Smith, Brent G. Pautler, and Karim Kassam—the webinar series consists of three 30-minute sessions on a variety of topics relating to method development.
We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the value of Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation (CASE) around here lately. There’s a good reason for that: we’ve been doing a lot of work on CASE for the last 18 years, and the work is only accelerating. So it’s worthwhile to reassess every now and then. Much goes into improving software like this to take on ever-more complex tasks, and to do those tasks ever more effectively.
As the Analytica Trade Fair in Munich came to a close in April, I realized that I had witnessed a tradeshow unlike many others in our industry today. It is probably the largest meeting I’ve participated in with 35,000 visitors and 1,244 exhibitors from 40 countries. The exhibition space spanned five halls in which any and every type of organization linked with laboratory research was represented. Analytica seems to have withstood shrinking travel budgets, mergers and acquisitions, and challenges that have hit the tradeshow circuit In fact, this year’s venue was so large I wish I had taken my trainers (sneakers) to traverse the exhibition space.
Join us at ASMS 2016 where we announce the launch of a new solution related to metabolite identification that I’m personally very excited about sharing with the scientific community. 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.
ACD/Labs is headed to Boston for the annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo held at the Seaport World Trade Center from April 5th-7th. Over 3,000 life sciences, IT, and pharmaceutical professionals will gather in Beantown to discuss the emerging technologies and research that is transforming the industry. As the newest member of the team, rejoining ACD/Labs as Vice President of Business Development in December 2015, I’m ecstatic to be at this year’s conference alongside my colleagues Sanji Bhal, Graham McGibbon and Larry Brescio. Read more to find out what I’ll be up to at the show and where you can find the ACD/Labs team.
This is always an exciting time of year in the NMR community. The early part of the year usually offers a few “quiet moments” to work on projects that have not been receiving enough attention. However, quite quickly we enter into the conference season, with PANIC, PITTCON, ACS, and ENC in short order. These meetings are an excellent opportunity to connect with new science, reconnect with old colleagues, and meet some new faces.