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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Uses of ASTM Standards for Chemical Analysis

Avomeen offers a wide variety of ASTM testing methods for chemical analysis and the characterization of compounds, materials, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, and many other products. These testing methods provide an international standard by which various industries maintain regulatory commonality for quality control, contamination identification, formulation, trace analysis, investigative analysis, and more. These test are performed for a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, automotive, cosmetics, food & beverage, medical devices and more.
Previously known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM International develops a range of consensus standards that are adopted and used globally across industries. The standards created by ASTM are designed to enhance safety and improve quality of consumer and industrial products. When a new industry seeks to develop standardization, companies in that industry often come together under ASTM in order to achieve the desired result. Over 12,000 ASTM standards are currently in use around the world, written by over 143 technical standards-writing committees.
The standards developed by ASTM International fall into six categories:
Standard Specification – to define the requirements the subject of the stand must satisfy
Standard Test Method – to define the way in which a test is performed and the necessary precision of the result
Standard Practice – to define a sequence of operations that does not produce a result
Standard Guide – to provide an organized collection of information or a list of options that does not mandate a specific course of action
Standard Classification – to provide an arrangement or division of products, systems, services, or materials into groups based on similar characteristics such as composition, properties, origin, or use
Terminology Standard – to provide agreed upon definitions of terms used in other standards

As a member of ASTM International, Avomeen performs these tests for a variety of industries and has the capacity to quote any ASTM test necessary for products including:
  •         Cleaning Products
  •        Cosmetics
  •         Adhesives & Sealants
  •          Medical Devices
  •          Food & Beverage
  •          Pharmaceutical & Supplements
  •          Paints & Coatings
  •          Plastics & Polymers
  •          Consumer Goods
  •          Petroleum
  •          Chemicals

For more information regarding Avomeen’s ASTM testing capabilities and to discuss your project needs with one of our expert chemists, call 800-930-5450 or email scientist@avomeen.com

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Full-Time Equivalent Chemists Benefit Companies from Research to Manufacturing

When you have a project needing focused attention contracting a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) chemist can help you get results with a dedicated team working on your timeline. Clients contract one or more of Avomeen chemists to work full-time on their project and are charged a set fee for the hours worked. Upon project completion, the client then receives the rights to all formulation specifics. FTE are often employed for projects such as pharmaceutical research, method development and validation, or formulation feasibility analysis and development. 

Using FTE chemists ensures reliable service and efficiency as well as the flexibility to make project changes without re-defining scope of work or revising contracts. This is especially useful when employed for complex projects such as chemical analysis performed in preparation of an Investigational New Drug Application. Likewise, product development clients may also make use of FTE services in order to create multiple iterations of trial formulas without worrying about contracting a specific scope of work and being charged for additional product changes.

Why Contract Avomeen’s FTE Service?
  1. Experienced chemists with over 30 years of experience performing complex chemical analysis
  2. Access to state-of-the-art labs, instrumentation, and the latest methodology
  3. Fully customized services
  4. Project flexibility
  5. Direct communication with our expert chemists throughout the project

How the FTE Project Process Unfolds:
  1. Call us at 800-930-5450 or email scientist@avomeen.com to discuss your project specifics
  2. We will assign a Ph.D. chemist to oversee your project and develop a team to accomplish your goals
  3. Research begins and you are kept up-to-date on your project's progression via communication directly with your team of chemists
  4. Upon project completion you receive a detailed final report and full rights to your product formulation or analytical results




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Medical Device Removed from Market Due to Life Threatening Manufacturing Error


This May Ventlab LLC. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, initiated a voluntary recall of resuscitator bags after discovering that the duckbill valve was sticking thereby preventing air to pass through the patient valve. The bags affected could be life threatening if used, as the lack of airflow could result in patient hypoxia and hypoventilation.

The product defect is thought to be due to incomplete curing during the manufacturing process. This error only effects certain lots and the full list of suspected failed lots can be found at:


Manufacturing errors such as incomplete curing are not an unusual failure, however they have dire consequences. There have been 31 reports of delayed medical care due to professionals having to use two or three of the resuscitation devices to assist a patient. There has also be one reported injury due to the defective bags.

Especially when it comes to medical devices, product defects and failures are of the utmost concern. Companies must take immediate action to not only remove the defective product from the market, but also to solve the production error by finding the source of the product defect. When this occurs the manufacturer is often unable to identify the cause of the failure and must consult expert help to pin point the defect source.

Avomeen Analytical Services provides exceptional product failure analysis. Utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodology our scientists examine products at the elemental level to isolate contaminants, compare good vs. batches of product, and determine the source of a manufacturing failure. These services help companies such as Ventlab identify and address their problem, allowing them to quickly resume production and sale of their medical devices.

More information regarding Avomeen’s Product Defect/Failure Analysis can be found on our website at:


For immediate assistance with product analysis call us at 800-930-5450 or email Scientist@avomeen.com


We look forward to working with you to solve your complex production problems!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Avomeen Invites Attendees at BIO 2014 International Convention to Connect at Booth #1259

June 23-26, 2014 Avomeen will be exhibiting their wide range of pharmaceutical services at this year’s 2014 BIO Convention. They invite all attendees to visit their booth #1259 to learn more about how their specialized chemists can solve even the toughest problems throughout the pharmaceutical development process. As a top contract research organization (CRO) we offer services from pre-formulation through to stability analysis.

Our chemists have over 30 years of experience providing expert analysis for early stage drug development through to extractables/leachables testing and so much more. We are excited to share our skills with the thousands of organizations attending the event this year and hope to develop lasting relationships to benefit attendees’ current and future project needs.

Many biotech companies, pharmaceutical researchers, and academic institutions come to BIO with specific questions and current project needs already in mind. Avomeen’s representatives will be meeting individuals at booth #1259 to set up consultations and provide answers to even the toughest of these problems.
Whether your company is attending the conference with current analytical testing needs, or simply looking to network for future collaboration, we hope to meet you at this year’s convention.

Our pharmaceutical services include:
  • ·         Method Development & Validation
  • ·         Preformulation & Formulation
  • ·         Extractables & Leachables
  • ·         Stability & Release Testing
  • ·         Degradation Analysis
  • ·         Clinical Trial Manufacturing
  • ·         Defect & Failure Analysis
  • ·         Counterfeit Analysis
  • ·         Litigation Support Services

Call our Ph.D. scientist today to receive an initial consultation and visit us at BIO to discover how we can take you product to the next step.

Phone: 800-930-5450

Monday, June 2, 2014

Michigan’s Great Lakes Threatened by Pollution Caused from Cosmetic Microbeads – New Study Reveals



06/02/14 - NPR recently reported Dr. Sherri Mason’s research on the newest pollutant in the Great Lakes, cosmetic microbeads.  These beads which are used in a variety of exfoliating body scrubs, facial cleaners, and other cosmetic products are actually tiny pieces of plastic.  Lead by Professor Mason the State University of New York at Fredonia students collected samples of debris in the lakes by dragging a net that caught all objects greater than a third of a millimeter.

This sampling revealed there to be approximately 17,000 of these plastic pieces per square kilometer in Lake Michigan.  Lake Erie and Ontario have higher levels of plastic particles while Lake Huron and Superior have lower.

The concern of these bits of plastic entering the lakes revolves around their impact to the total ecosystem.  Primarily, these beads are thought to potentially increase the level of harmful toxins entering the food chain.  These microbeads can absorb toxins and the researchers are concerned that those toxic chemicals could then be passed to wildlife and eventually humans as the beads are so small in size they appear as food to many organisms living in the water. 

These findings are effecting New York legislature as a ban on microbeads is quickly rising through legislative branches. If this legislation is indeed made law, New York manufacturers will only have until December of 2015 to completely phase out products with microbeads. This legislative change will not only effect New York but equivalent laws are making their way through Illinois while the other lake states are thought to quickly join suite.

Product manufacturers are urged to proactively begin creating alternative products with natural exfoliants such as apricot seeds, sand, or cocoa beans.  Avomeen’s product development laboratory has already helped manufacturers reformulate facial scrubs modifying their formulations to include alternative bio-degradable materials instead of utilizing microbeads.  Avomeen’s  CEO Shri Thanedar Ph.D. hopes more companies will realize that their products’ formulations can be reformulated or re-engineered to remove harmful ingredients while creating an end product that meets the same or even improved upon specifications as the original product.

Reach out to Avomeen’s skilled chemists today for a complimentary initial consultation and see how they  can help you keep the Great Lakes clean, protect your brands image, and keep your products ahead of upcoming legislative changes.

Avomeen Analytical Services
Product Testing & Formulation Development Laboratory
4840 Venture Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: 800-930-5450

Website: www.avomeen.com

Monday, May 5, 2014

Extractables and Leachables USA 2014 Conference Sponsor




Extractables and Leachables (E&L) are a growing concern in the world of pharmaceutical packaging. With new FDA protocols and industry best practices ever changing it is important for pharmaceutical researchers and manufacturers to know what to expect of their E&L testing and how to ensure proper documentation for NDA/ANDA submission. The two day conference will host to over 18 extraordinary speakers as laboratories, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and others gather to learn the latest in this quickly changing field.

Avomeen's scientists will be present to offer their expertise in E&L method development, method validation, and testing. We will also be hosting the May 8th luncheon to provide attendees an additional opportunity to share ideas in the field of extractables and leachables.

To find out more regarding our E&L services visit www.avomeen.com/e&l and go to www.avomeen.com/casestudy/eandl for a case study outlining how our extensive E&L capabilities can solve even the toughest of problems.

To those attending this year's Extractables and Leachables USA conference we look forward to meeting you and determining how Avomeen's skilled scientists can solve your complex E&L problems.


Friday, April 18, 2014

American Coatings SHOW 2014 - A Thank You

The 2014 American Coatings SHOW in Atlanta, GA was a spectacular show. Avomeen participated in the SHOWs emphasis on development and discovery in the paints and coatings industry by offering our unique services to the industry's top professionals. During the show we enjoyed networking with others in the field of coatings formulation and conducted onsite consultations for vexing coatings problems. Our scientists had the chance to discuss projects requiring a vast number of our unique services including:

  • VOC Testing
  • Contaminant Identification
  • Failure/Defect Analysis
  • Formulation Development
  • Deformulation/Reverse Engineering
  • Product Reformulation
  • Certification & Verification
  • Competitor Product Analysis
To those we had the privilege of speaking with, we look forward to continuing to discuss how we can meet your development and testing needs. To those who missed us or were unable to attend this year's show we invite you to join us next year, but urge you to not wait until then to discover how our customized testing and formulations services can meet your needs. Visit us today at www.avomeen.com/coatings or call 800.930.5450 to speak directly with one of our Ph.D. chemists.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this year's American Coatings SHOW to discover the best ways to innovate and provide premium products to the marketplace.  

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