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CHROMACEUTICAL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES  (CAT) is an 18-year old firm located near the Massachusetts "Route 495 Technology Belt," west of Boston. The Company is dedicated to the discovery, development, and validation of scientific information using separation science and Liquid Chromatography (LC) in particular.  LC applications may stand alone for solving analytical problems or complement other chemical and biological methods. The firm specializes in analytical biochemistry using LC interfaced with Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering (MALLS) detection.

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NEW PATENT ISSUEDOur most recent patent was granted on March 7, 2017.Collyrium Composition and Method of Using SamePatent number: US 9,585,908  
Issue Number: Mar 7, 2017  
Summary: A collyrium composition comprising hydroxocobalamin, hydroxo(aquo)cobalamin or a mixture of hydroxocobalamin and hydroxo(aquo)cobalamin, the mixture sometimes referred to herein in a shorthand manner as hydroxocobalamin, which is particularly useful for substantially deactivating reactive pollutant combustion gases adsorbed to eye surfaces, periocular tissues and gas permeable contact lenses. When deactivated, the reaction product of such reactive gases with hydroxocobalamin has improved water solubility which enables their removal by aqueous irrigation and rinsing.
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CHROMA FAQS

(Background information about our services)

CARBOHYDRATE ANALYSIS

The wide industrial and pharmaceutical applications of carbohydrates and their polymers require analytical proficiency to meet these demands. These can be some of the most demanding analytical requests we get.

In some cases, liquid chromatography (LC) using refractive index (RI) detection as a concentration sensitive detector can be useful. In other cases, light scattering (LS) detection for mass sensitive analysis can also be useful. Any number of stationary liquid chromatographic phases are available to separate carbohydrate analytes.

Carbohydrate analysis can be a relatively simple procedure if a monosaccharide, disaccharide or polysaccharide exists in a pure form within an uncomplicated aqueous system. Any quantitative interest in sugars coexisting with polysaccharides held in chemically complex system however, requires important considerations affecting the overall analytical strategy.

One of the most important standards for carbohydrate quantitation is predicated on the basis of the dextrose equivalent or so-called DE value. Using this rationale, glucose also known as dextrose, is employed as an analytical standard and basis for the measurement of other mono-, di- and polysaccharides. For example, the analysis of standard monosaccharidic glucose concentrations can serve as an analytical basis for determining the equivalent number of grams of glucose  existing in 100 grams of corn starch which represents a polymeric form of glucose. In other words, an unknown carbohydrate concentration is expressed as though it was an equivalent weight of free glucose.

Total carbohydrate in a sample can be readily quantified using the anthrone reaction. This will determine the amount of reducing or non-reducing sugar in a sample relative to any specific carbohydrate sample index desired, but dextrose is typically used for most applications.

If a carbohydrate of interest happened to be inulin, then it may be desirable to use a representative of its constituent monomer in the form of fructose as the analytical benchmark instead of dextrose. The method relies on a total conversion of monosaccharidic constitutents within a sample into their furfural derivatives that can be accurately detected at microgram/ mL concentration levels.

For complex interrelationships involving polymeric carbohydrates along with monosaccharides, it may be necessary to independently quantify LC-MALLS results

for polymeric characterization of a starch followed by an independent evaluation and assay of monosaccharide levels to obtain the full picture free monosacharridic carbohydrate levels with reference to the corresponding metabolism of a starch polymer.

CANINE SEIZURES AND EVIDENCE OF MYCOTOXINS

Based on unprecedented circumstances for poor grain preservation and quality, CAT’s experience suggests grain-based ingredients in some dog (pet) foods may incite adverse events such as seizures. After years screening for toxins in domestic human and imported foods, CAT can provide a screening assay for some pet owners with dogs that develop periodic but unexplained seizures.

Veterinarians and others offer a variety of explanations for seizures and there are many  clinical tests that supposedly address the problem.  Depending on the breed, some animals are thought to have a hereditary predisposition for seizures but the cause is largely unknown or idiopathic. The reality for some canine breeds is that they may be ultra-sensitive to mycotoxins rather than being genetically predisposed to have seizures.

This screening survey for mold toxins in dog food provides a “likely” versus “unlikely” evaluation that a food contains mycotoxic agents. If putative evidence of mycotoxins is detected, it will be reported. This might justify a change in food with the object of avoiding future seizures or indicate that the seizure could be due to a cause other than mold toxins. Apart from well known indicators of mycotoxin presence, lesser known mycotoxins called tremorgens commonly occur when other mycotoxins are present. These produce uncoordinated movements, a stiff backwardly arched neck, salivation with licking and drooling, and panting as a seizure diminishes whereupon the dog becomes increasingly aware of its surroundings.  Interestingly, these symptoms mimic those in canines found to be sensitive to natamycin which is approved for antifungal uses in shredded cheese products and human consumption.

CLIENTS

We are proud of our analytical talents supporting product development initiatives funded by the Contraceptive Research and Development (CONRAD) Program and the University of Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (AIDS intervention drug development), Santen Pharmaceuticals (ophthalmic fluid development), BioTime, Inc. (hydroxyethylated starch (HES) based plasma expanders and stem cell culture media development for regenerative medicine), SAIC/NCI, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Rush University Presbyterian Medical Center (microbicides), the U.S. Geological Survey (humic acid characterization), InterMune Inc. (interferon characterization), Alpha Industries Inc., Elan Pharmaceuticals (anticancer drugs), Mentor Corporation, Glycogenesis (anticancer initiatives for pancreatic malignancies), Millipore Corporation, ALZO Corp., Ivex Novacel, Johnson & Johnson Inc. (transmucosal drug delivery systems, Anteis S. A. (implantable medical devices, dermal fillers), Merz Pharma,  and many others.

 

WHAT’S IN A NAME?Since separation science underscored most analytical work one way or another, specialized chromatography was adopted as CHROMACEUTICAL’s core analytical technology. This focus also reflected years of staff competence in research, pharmaceutical development, product manufacturing/surveillance,  contract service work,  the manufacture of separation media, as well as forensic and clinical analytical data acquisition that satisfied unparalleled analytical challenges. With pharmaceutical, material science, and biotech-research initiatives as a focus, CHROMACEUTICAL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES  became the obvious name for the firm in 1999.

 

If you need assistance with an analytical issue, email us or fill out the form on our Contact page with the project details and your contact information.

If you need assistance with an analytical issue, email us or fill out the form on our Contact page with the project details and your contact information.