The Board of the MistraPharma project met at Umeå University today. Host for the meeting was Mats Tysklind, one of the project managers of MistraPharma. The Board meeting itself was fairly fast today. We were all of course very pleased that Mistra has granted an additional 4 years to the project, and the important decision items on the meeting was Program Plan, list of deliverables, and budget. Although those discussions of course were interesting they could not compete with the laboratory tour after lunch.
It was a real pleasure to follow Mats and his coworkers Jerker Fick and Richard Lindberg to the laboratories of the Environmental & Biogeochemistry group at the Chemistry Department, at KBC (Kemiskt-Biologiskt Centrum) at the university.
Richard demonstrated some developed methods to isolate pharmaceutical residues from waste water. Some of the critical activities for MistraPharma's success that have been undertaken by Mats and his coworkers are the development of analytical methods allowing for testing of 120 APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingridients) in water samples and extracts. We were all impressed while listening to Richard and Jerker presenting their work. In the picture below you see Mats and Christina Rudén (MistraPharma's program director) listening to Jerker's explanations.
Richard then took us in to the analytical laboratory where they have their LC (liquid chromatography)and MS (mass spectroscopy) equipment. It was fascinating to see the enormous efficiency increase in testing, going from the lab bench into full automation.
We then got an update of some of the most recent results from their work. Very interesting data I can promise. Looking forward to see the final publications!
Thanks to Mats, Jerker, and Richard for an interesting day at the research laboratory. It is just to seldom that I put my shoes in the laboratory nowadays...