(HOUSTON, TX, June 20, 2019) — Most of us have no need for an Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) system. But this advanced laboratory equipment was on the wish list of the chemistry department at a local Houston university.
Their wish was recently granted. Houston-based pharmaceutical manufacturer WDPrx – Woodfield Pharmaceutical, LLC donated the complex device to the University of St. Thomas, known as UST, located in the Medical Center Area.
UPLC is a technique to measure raw materials and ingredients for pharmaceutical products. The precise results are achieved with a process that involves particle technology, column design, injectors, pumps and detectors contained in a housing that resembles a few desktop computers of different heights and widths glued together with a separate monitor and keyboard.
With the donation planned for installation next week, students in undergraduate science programs and in teaching labs will conduct research to further their studies and develop relevant skills and laboratory techniques sought after by employers in science-based industries including healthcare, oil and gas.
Dr. Richa Chandra, Ph.D., UST Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is grateful for the gift. “Females make up approximately 60-70% of our student body and this donation will encourage them to pursue careers in science, where females are traditionally under-represented. As a Federally recognized Hispanic-serving institution, we seek out opportunities for our students to fulfill their incredible potential.” According to the National Science Foundation, only two percent of Latinas held jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine, or STEM fields, in 2015.
The donation was made possible by WDPrx President Adam Runsdorf, who took over the Houston operations of an existing manufacturer in 2014 to build WDPrx. The company is a contract manufacturing organization, or CMO, developing and producing non-sterile liquid prescription and over-the-counter drug products for multiple pharmaceutical companies. States Runsdorf, “Substantial investments in plant and equipment help maintain high quality results for clients. “The UPLC system donated to the University is being replaced in our development and testing laboratory by a new UHPLC system with the latest technology to process extremely small particle sizes.”
For further information contact Lawrence Hotz, WDPrx at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-998-3885 x304.