Endicott College Lab Relocation Performed by Overbrook Support Services

(April 24, 2014. Boston, MA)  The Life Science Consortium of North Shore (LSCNS) (http://www.lscnorthshore.org ) continues to expand and grow.  The recent relocation of analytical instrumentation for the Chemical Analysis & Instrumentation Lab at Endicott College is now housed in the new $17 million School of Business and Science Center is evidence of this effort.

Gene Wong, PhD, Dean, School of Arts & Science worked for almost a year to try and plan the relocation of Endicott’s instrumentation suite and subsequent servicing, and experienced significant challenges in response times from the vendor initially contacted to assist with the project.  With a deadline fast approaching, and without resolution, he contacted North Shore InnoVentures, one of the founding members of the LSCNS, and got in touch with Overbrook Support Services (http://www.theoverbrookgroup.com). Overbrook is a professional services firm that conducts moves/relocations of analytical instrumentation for industry, academia, and research institutions nationwide.

Overbrook assisted in taking care of Dr. Wong’s needs.  A scope of work, pricing, schedule, plan and shortly thereafter, relocation of his mass spectrometry and chromatography instrumentation was conducted.  Working with Endicott contracted movers, Overbrook conducted an onsite walk through and within a matter of days, performed the de-installation, move, and re-installation.  Then Overbrook provided full maintenance and operation of the instrumentation to Dr. Wong’s satisfaction.

About Overbrook

Overbrook, an independent professional services firm consisting of three operating groups, provides business improvement services for a diverse range of laboratories throughout North America and the world. Founded in 2001, the firm is known for its knowledge, breadth of experience and high level of customer service.

About Endicott College

Located in Beverly, Massachusetts on 235 acres of oceanfront property, Endicott College was founded in 1939, and provides an education built upon a combination of theory and practice, which is tested through internships and work experience.  Studying at the Beverly campus, regionally, and internationally are approximately 2,400 undergraduate and more than 2,600 adult and graduate students. For more information, visit www.endicott.edu.

About The Life Science Consortium of North Shore (LSCNS)

The LSCNS, formerly established in 2012, is a burgeoning innovative business and science initiative which serves the student body of Endicott College, Gordon College, Salem State University, and North Shore Community College along with North Shore InnoVentures (www.nsiv.org),  a biotech and cleantech incubator serving entrepreneurs and directed by Martha Farmer, PhD.  Workforce development and training along with collaborative industry support are driving the program for the North Shore academic community. 


RTI Offers Web-based Evaluation of LDTD for High-throughput Analysis of Controlled Substances & Toxicology

Continuing Education and Training in Forensic Sciences is offered by RTI.  Their programs are supported by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and cover a number of forensic topics, including best practices, current advances, classic principles, interpretation, and medical legal testimony.  RTI has posted more than 30 courses related to forensic toxicology, with more added continuously. These web-based classes are free or low cost, and are suitable for forensic and medical professionals, law enforcement and ancillary professionals.

A new free presentation entitled The Evaluation of Laser Diode Thermal Desorption (LDTD) for High Throughput Analysis of Controlled Substances and Toxicology in Forensic Sciences, is conducted by Nichole Bynum, Forensic Scientist, at RTI International, and starts April 29, 2014.

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. This dedication has been reflected in RTI’s Center for Forensic Sciences which employs many of the United States leading toxicologists and has been managing the National Lab Certification Program for more than 20 years. The training program project initiative was started by Drs. Jeri Ropero-Miller and Peter Stout of RTI’s Center for Forensic Sciences.

This is a National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-supported offering and is provided through the FTCOE and forensicED.org.

To register, log on to: http://www.forensiced.org. Go to “Premium Training”, search keyword “LDTD”, and discover it at Trail Blazing: Novel Techniques and Tools for Forensic AnalysisFREE

Class length is approximately 60 minutes, and a certificate of completion will be provided.

The LDTD (Laser Diode Thermal Desorption) is offered by Overbrook Scientific, Inc. (http://www.theoverbrookgroup.com).

Overbrook joins International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2 SL)

April, 2014: Overbrook recently became a Sustaining Sponsor of the New England chapter of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2 SL), based in Arlington, VA.

I2 SL,  New England Chapter, which was formed in December 2013, supports and promotes the environmentally responsible design, construction, and operation of resource-conscious facilities dedicated to scientific education, healthcare, and research.

The primary objective of the organization is to enable the best possible sustainable design and operational practices through the active participation and ever-growing support of industry professionals within the northeast.  For more information, http://i2sl.org/globalcommunity/chapters/newengland.html.

Overbrook Partners with the Life Science Consortium of North Shore (LSCNS)

April 4, 2014 — Overbrook, a professional services firm based in Boston, MA, is working in collaboration with Endicott College, one of the four colleges in the Life Science Consortium of North Shore (Massachusetts), a business and science initiative which serves the student body of Endicott College, Gordon College, Salem State University and North Shore Community College, along with North Shore InnoVentures, a biotech and cleantech incubator.

Dr. Gene Wong, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences has developed “plans for an internship program that will allow students to learn the fundamentals of preventive maintenance and repair on a variety of chromatography instruments used in the life sciences”.

Ted Palashis, president of Overbrook, explains that “we feel that by assisting in giving a greater understanding of the essential tools the scientist requires to do their science, we can make a contribution not only to the individual, but ultimately, the sciences in which they are involved”.   Overbrook will be providing time and experience to educate students in this regard.

About the Life Science Consortium of North Shore (LSCNS)

Formally established in 2012, the LSCNS provides workforce development and training, along with collaborative industry support, for students in the life sciences, as well as incumbent workers in the region. Furthermore, its collaborative industry support improves the instrumentation at non-profit institutions for training and use by new companies, and promotes collaboration between industry and academia.   Visit http://www.nsiv.org/sponsorships-and-partners

On March 28, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announce $5 Million in Capital Grant funding for the LSCNS — http://www.masslifesciences.com/2014/