We’re hiring! Another Field Service Engineer

Overbrook Support Services, a premier, independent multi-platform laboratory service provider, maintains a wide range of analytical instrumentation including HPLC/UPLC, GC, GCMS, LC, LCMS, LC-MS/MS, liquid handling instrumentation from major manufacturers including Agilent, SCIEX, Shimadzu, Waters, Thermo and others.

Established in 2001, Overbrook Support Services is looking to increase its Field Service Engineering team to provide maintenance and support services including repairs and maintenance, instrumentation qualifications (IQ/OQ/PQ) and method assistance to its clients.

This position is ideally suited for the engineer who wishes to work independently within a customer-centric and dynamic, focused company without the constraints of a “profit only driven” large manufacturer. The position allows the opportunity to develop strong relations with client-partners to directly impact their science. Our team engineers primarily support the New England territory.

Learn more about the benefits and requirements at www.theoverbrookgroup.com/careers/


Shimadzu and Phytronix sign an agreement to offer the first Triple Ion Source LDTD-MS/MS, ESI-MS/MS and APCI-MS/MS)

Kyoto, Japan and Québec, Canada – June 5, 2017. Shimadzu, one of the world’s fastest growing mass spectrometry companies, and Phytronix, world leader in high throughput analysis in mass spectrometry, announce today that they have signed an agreement to offer the industry’s first Triple Ion Source. Ideal for both screening and confirmation work, this new high-speed platform will significantly improve productivity in high-throughput laboratories performing toxicology, drug discovery and food safety applications. This Triple Ion Source incorporates the Phytronix LDTD (Laser Diode Thermal Desorption Ion Source), and is designed in perfect synchronization with the speed of the Shimadzu LCMS-8060 triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. Together, the companies are presenting information about this new design at ASMS in Indianapolis this week.

“This unique approach consisting of three modes of ionisation allows clients to rapidly switch between Liquid Chromatograph and LDTD technologies without moving or disconnecting any component of the mass spectrometer. With a simple click, the scientist can select the best way to develop, produce, screen and confirm their analysis. The speed of LDTD coupled to the speed of Shimadzu’s LCMS-8060 mass spectrometer offers the best of both worlds”, said Jean Lacoursière, President of Phytronix Technologies.

“Researchers have asked for LDTD technology to be fully integrated into our platform in order to achieve sample analysis in less than four seconds, and we did it. The Ultra High Throughput LDTD ion source highlights the speed of Shimadzu’s LCMS-8060. With the world’s fastest detection speed, the LCMS-8060 gives scientists the ability to work with a two-second sample-to-sample runtime without compromise,” said Shuzo Maruyama, General Manager, Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division, Shimadzu Corporation.

About Phytronix Technologies, Inc.

For more than 15 years, Phytronix Technologies Inc. continues its progression in becoming the World Leader in high-throughput analysis by mass spectrometry. Providing exceptional products and services in analytical instrumentation, we ensure that our customers get better and faster results around the world. Phytronix is a privately owned company based in Québec City, province of Québec, Canada. For more information about Phytronix, visit www.phytronix.com.


Phytronix Technologies
Jean Lacoursière, 1-418-692-1414

About Shimadzu Corporation

Founded in 1875, Shimadzu Corporation, a leader in the development of advanced technologies, has a distinguished history of innovation built on the foundation. Shimadzu maintains a global network of sales, service, technical support and applications centers on six continents, and has established long-term relationships with a host of highly trained distributors located in over 100 countries. For more information, visit www.shimadzu.com.


Shimadzu Corporation
Ichiro Hirano, 81-75-823-1334

Join Overbrook Scientific at Annual Meeting of SOFT 2017 September 9-14 in Boca Raton, FL

August 25, 2017:

Overbrook Scientific will once again be with Phytronix at the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) annual meeting to be held September 9-14, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Meetings will be held at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Phytronix Technologies, Inc. will be presenting new applications for LDTD/Luxon technology at Booth 610.  Luxon is the second generation sample introduction and ionization source based on the LDTD technology for mass spectrometry.

More specifics about SOFT:


About Phytronix Technologieshttps://phytronix.com/luxon/

Questions?  Contact Richard Halpern: rhalpern@overbrookscientific.com 



Come Visit Phytronix Booth 211 ASMS June 3-8 in Indianapolis

Come visit Phytronix Technologies’ Luxon, second generation LDTD technology platform, for the fastest high throughput analysis speed and precision at this year’s ASMS in Indianapolis, IN.

Where: Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capital Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225 — Booth 211

When: June 3-8, 2017

What: Phytronix will give an oral presentation and participate in the poster sessions.

If you can not attend, but would like to learn more about the Luxon/LDTD platform. please contact Richard Halpern at Overbrook Scientific, Inc. rhalpern@overbrookscientific.com or call 855-782-4373.  Ted Palashis of Overbrook Scientific will be at Booth 211. Overbrook Scientific, Inc. is the only independent US distributor of the Luxon/LDTD technology platform.

Growth through Strategic Service Partnership: Integrated Managed Maintenance

Choosing service partners is a strategic decision. When an ISO 9001 contract research organization specializing in providing polymeric materials services for clients worldwide decided to expand its mission by developing its own chromatography laboratory in-house for greater quality control, it required a professional strategic services engineering services provider that understood its long term scientific and business plans, and could implement it.

The integrated solution by Overbrook Support Services (OSS) provided cost inefficiencies and revenue optimization fitting to the firm’s scientific and business growth plans.  OSS consulted, strategically sourced and procured the appropriate analytical assets and provided engineering services through the OSS integrated managed maintenance services model.  Starting in 2012, after sourcing and procurement of mass spectrometry and HPLC, continued service has been provided including predictive and preventive maintenance to ensure optimal uptime performance.

Discover how Overbrook Support Services can meet or exceed your requirements as  a single source solutions provider for comprehensive instrumentation engineering services, delivering a consolidated and coordinated multi-platform service approach: maintenance, qualifications, onsite and/or bench repair, relocation/moves and other services including carrier gas migrations.

Visit http://theoverbrookgroup.com/overbrook-support/ or call 855-782-4373 for more information.


Cannabis Testing Workflow Optimization Consulting Services

For the existing laboratory and those planning to set up a cannabis testing laboratory, the new Cannabis Testing Workflow Optimization Consulting Services practice from Overbrook Advisory Services features

  • Strategic sourcing and procurement of analytical assets
  • Workflow assessment and optimization
  • Installation and familiarization training (on site)
  • Streamlining methods and development assistance
  • On-site maintenance services

To learn more, contact rhalpern@overbrooksupport.com, call 855-782-4373 or fill out a Contact Form

Join Overbrook Scientific with Phytronix Technologies’ LUXON ION SOURCE at MSACL in Palm Springs, FL Jan. 22-26, 2017

Phytronix Technologies, the leader in quantitative ultra-fast high-throughput analysis for mass spectrometry presents the new LUXON ION SOURCE with a sample-to-sample speed below one second.  Overbrook Scientific, Inc., independent US distributor for Phytronix Technologies will be joining them at Booth 51 at the MSACL Show January 22-26, 2017 in Palm Springs, CA.

MSACL 2017 9th Annual Conference & Exhibits

Palm Springs Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center

Palm Springs, CA 

The LUXON ION SOURCE is the second generation sample introduction and ionization source based on the LDTD technology to provide the fastest and most robust process in mass spectrometry.

Representatives will be with Phytronix at Booth 51.  For more information about attendance or for more information about LUXON ION SOURCE, contact Overbrook Scientific, Inc. or call 617-364-7683

Industry Insights: Lab Manager Nov. 2016 features Overbrook Scientific, Inc.

Overbrook Scientific, Inc. which markets and supports Phytronix Technologies (Canada) Luxon Ion Source, based on next-generation sample introduction and ionization technology LDTD quotes Ted Palashis, president of Overbrook Scientific, Inc. (Boston, MA)  in the November  issue of Lab Manager magazine (www.labmanager.com) in it’s industry insights: forensic science section.  Testing Drugs of Abuse, by Angelo DePalma, PhD (pages 45-46) speaks to the ability of laboratories “to optimize revenue potential by offering presumptive test menus for over 100 compounds by a single extraction sample preparation method”, especially of interest to those high-throughput laboratories in the article.

Join us at GBMSDG Sept 22, 2016 at Cambridge Marriott

Join both Overbrook Support Services and Overbrook Scientific at the Greater Boston Mass Spec Discussion Group (GBMSDG) September 22, 2016 Corporate Night

Where: Cambridge Marriott Two Cambridge Center – 50 Broadway

Special Guest Speaker: Scott McLuckey, John A Leighty Distinguished Professor, Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

Cost: $10 registration includes: 5 pm Start Time, Trade show with over 30 Vendors, Appetizers and Complimentary Bar plus Sit Down Dinner with Guest Presenter.

Register at www.gbmsdg.org 

Sponsors include Overbrook Support Services and Overbrook Scientific.

Operator Training Classes Announcement from Overbrook Support Services

Operator Training Classes Announcement from Overbrook Support Services 

  • How do you train new hires without disrupting workflow (or damaging instrumentation)?
  • What happens if the only analyst in the lab who runs your mass spec leaves for another job?
  • Who do you turn to for operator training on legacy instruments?

Training is customized and delivered on-site to small groups around your schedule and your science.

Content is customized to ensure knowledge gained  is specific to your science, your lab and analytical instrumentation. Courses range from 1-3 days.

  • Categories: HPLC, GC/MS, LC/MS, GC, Headspace
  • Software: Mass Hunter, Chemstation, Analyst
  • Manufacturers: Agilent, Sciex, Waters, Shimadzu

Contact Overbrook Support Services at 617.364.7683 to speak with one of our instructors to schedule a complementary Consultation for Training Needs.  Post-training phone assistance with an Overbrook Engineer included after the training. 


Note: Currently training in Northeast Corridor only.

Luxon Ion Source will be at NJMSDG September 13, and so will Overbrook Scientific

Luxon is the second generation sample introduction and ionization source based on the LDTD technology for mass spectrometry.

Luxon uses Fiber-Coupled Laser Diode to obtain unmatchable thermal uniformity giving more precision, accuracy and speed.  The redesigned technology achieves an analysis speed of less than 1 second with very low sample volumes.

Visit with your Overbrook Scientific representatives along with Phytronix Technologies representative at the September 13, 2016 New Jersey Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group (NJMSDG) show.

Vendor Show: 2:30-8:00 pm  includes poster session, networking, presentations and vendor exhibits.


Holiday Inn Somerset-Bridgewater

195 Davison Avenue

Somerset, NJ 08873





No move is easy. But when your lab is moving, we can make it easier

Our relocation managers understand moves.  Relocations are never easy.  But when your lab is looking to relocate, we can make it easier.

Whether it’s at the pre-move planning phase, the move itself and/or the post-move phase, we know how to make a move work out for you.

Overbrook Support Services can help plan the transition, work with all the stakeholders and make the move, at both origin and destination, and proceed through best practices if any glitches arise.

We develop relations with your in-house relocation team, develop a detailed scope of work so as to minimize the disruption as much as possible, and provide value-added services all along the way.  Overbrook Support Services receive high satisfaction ratings for relocations, delivering services on time, on budget, meeting or exceeding all expectations.  Because moving a lab is a whole lot different than any other move (coordinating everything from the proper plumbing of gases to confirming proper weight bearing loads of benches, etc.).  aside from the coordination and project management required for any move, we can even provide advise on workflow improvements at the new site so as to improve workload and workflow.

Contact Overbrook Support Services at 617-364-7683 today, or rhalpern@overbrooksupport.com to answer your questions .

Meet Overbrook Scientific at Phytronix : ASMS 2016 in San Antonio, TX June 5-9, 2016

ASMS 2016 (American Society for Mass Spectrometry) is practically here: June 5-9, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.  It will be held n the Henry B. González Convention Center located at 900 E. Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Overbrook Scientific will be in attendance at the Phytronix Technologies, Inc. Booth 203, home of LDTD technology.

Final Program and Overview available at http://www.asms.org/conferences/annual-conference/conference-program .

If in the meantime, if you have questions or need to know more about LDTD technology, contact Overbrook Scientific, Inc, a U.S. distributor, at 617-364-7683.


Relocation Support Plan and Management Services Available from Overbrook Support Services

A successful laboratory relocation requires careful planning, efficient harmonization and proper execution often within strict timelines and product schedules.  A well organized and executed relocation process ensures that scientific instrumentation, laboratory equipment, and samples arrive at their destination safely and on schedule. The new laboratory should meet all compliance requirements and be able to become productive as soon as possible.

As a specialized laboratory relocation partner with expertise in scientific asset relocation and multi-vendor instrument services, Overbrook Support Services can provide management of the entire relocation process, allowing both scientists and laboratory personnel to focus on scientific and business goals with minimal risk and downtime.  Overbrook Support Services provides management of the entire relocation process including the following:

  • Communications Management with Key Personnel inside the Company and Outside Vendors
  • Laboratory Operations
  • Master Relocation Plan and Schedule
  • Move Management and Execution
  • Budget Development and Management

If your lease expires soon or if you need an experienced relocation service provider, please visit http://theoverbrookgroup.com/overbrook-support/relocationsmoves-installation/ OR call 617-364-7683 today.

Join Overbrook Scientific with Phytronix at Pittcon, March 6-10, 2016 Booth #2258 in Atlanta, GA

Overbrook Scientific, Inc., a U.S. distributor for the LDTD ion source will be with Phytronix (Canada) at the annual Pittcon Conference & Exhibition Center being held at the George Wood Conference Center, Atlanta, GA, March 6-10, 2016.  Visit Booth #2258.

For more information on latest developments of LDTD leading up to Pittcon, please visit http://www.overbrookscientific.com, or contact your Overbrook Scientific account representative, or call 617-364-7683.

Join Overbrook Scientific with Phytronix at MSACL Booth #45: Feb 21-26, 2016

Overbrook Scientific, Inc. US distributor for the LDTD ion source from Phytronix (Canada), will be at MSACL in Palm Springs, CA at the Palm Springs Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA, February 21-26, 2016.

For the latest developments about LDTD technology, or more information, please  contact Overbrook Scientific, Inc. at 617-364-7683 or visit http://www.overbrookscientific.com 

Overbrook Scientific, with Phytronix at SLAS 2016 in San Diego, CA January 23-27, 2016

Improvements in mass spectrometry (MS)-based analytical throughput have been achieved using laser desorption ionization techniques (as in LDTD-96 and LDTD-384) and this has led to increased utility for this technology among research groups supporting early drug discovery efforts.

Lead discovery teams that perform high-throughput screening (HTS) assays intended to identify active compounds against therapeutic targets of interest will find the Phytronix LDTD presentation and exhibit at the San Diego SLAS Conference 2016  January 23-27 of particular interest.  To learn more see www.slas2016.org/program/preliminaryprogram.cfm

Note: The Scientific Program is the cornerstone of SLAS2016.

Andrew Wagner, Bristol-Myers Squibb will present: Advances in Bioanalytics, Biomarkers and Diagnostics: Continuing the Quest for a Mass Spectrometry-Based Plate Reader: Evaluating Laser Diode Thermal Desorption (LDTD) coupled with Nanoliter Dispensing for HTS and HT-ADME Applications.   January 25, Monday, 4-4:30 pm.

Stop by Phytronix Booth 752 to see the LDTD for yourself, or call Overbrook Scientific to learn more: 855-782-4373.

Ultra-Fast Targeted Screening of 35 Drugs of Abuse in Urine at 9 seconds ….using SALLE and LDTD-MS/MS

Society of Forensic Toxicology (SOFT) 2015 conference in Atlanta, GA is over.  For those who were not able to attend, we have added two additional toxicology posters  to the LDTD Toxicology sections presented at poster sessions by Phytronix scientists.

  • Ultra-Fast Targeted Screening of 35 Drugs of Abuse in Urine at 9 seconds per Sample using SALLE Extraction and Laser Diode Thermal Desorption Mass Spectrometry (LDTD-MS/MS)
  • Ultra-Rapid Analysis Method for Flakka (alpha-PVP), a synthetic cathinone drug in Urine and Serum at 9 seconds per sample Using LDTD-MS/MS.

Please visit http://theoverbrookgroup.com/category/ldtd/toxicology/ to see for yourself.  Or call your Overbrook Scientific representative at 617-364-7683 for assistance.

Visit with Overbrook at Greater Boston Mass Spectrometry Development Group (GBMSDG) Sept. 24

Join Overbrook Support Services at the Sept. 24 GBMSDG Corporate Night 2015 with Guest speaker Prof. Richard M. Caprioli, PhD – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Since its inception in 1985, the GBMSDG has served the mass spectrometry community by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information involving all areas of mass spectrometry, including R&D, applications and career development.

The event features a vendor exhibit starting at 5:00pm, networking and interaction with members, dinner and a plenary lecture  from a leading scientist in the mass spectrometry field.

All for only $10 (members and non-members alike).

5:00 pm Exhibition Hall Open

7:15 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm: Prof. Richard M. Caprioli, PhD 


Marriott – Kendall Square

Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway

Cambridge, MA 02142




Can Energy, Sustainability, and Business Strategy Coexist?

Please join 12SL New England  (International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories)  for an evening of networking and education as we kick off the fall season with a program hosted by Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

Overbrook Support Services is an event sponsor.

Feature: A panel discussion representing industry, development, utility, engineering, software analytics and operational excellence disciplines.

Date: September 10, 2015: 5:30pm-8:15pm

Location: NOVARTIS NBIR, 250 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Agenda: 5:30-6:30 Networking / 6:30-8 Panel Discussion / 8-8:15 Closing Comments/Announcements

RSVP: Immediate

Format: A town hall formatted event.  Attendance is free to all. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

To learn more:


AACC 2015 Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Exposition: July 26-30 in Atlanta, GA

AACC 2015 Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Exposition: Phytronix Technologies, Inc. Booth 3253

July 26-30: Georgia World Congress Center – Atlanta, GA

Booth 3253

Ted Palashis, Overbrook Scientific, Inc. will be present July 28 & 29

The leader in ultra-fast high-throughput analysis solution for mass spectrometry presents the LDTD-96 and LDTD-384 ion sources.  These platforms represent a unique shotgun approach that introduces the sample into the masss spectrometer using an ultra-fast Laser Diode Thermal Desorption (LDTD).  No matter your application field, the solution to increase your sample analysis throughput is here.

Ultra-Fast Separation and Quantification of Isobaric Barbiturates using LDTD-MS/MS

(St. Louis, MO, June 2015): At the recently-completed, ASMS 2015, Sylvain Letarte, PhD, ing, Phytronix Technologies, presented Ultra-Fast Separation and Quantification of Isobaric Barbiturates in Serum using LDTD-MS/MS combined with differential mobility spectrometry.  In this ground-breaking oral presentation conducted at the show, Phytronix described the instrumentation, extraction procedure, serum sample analysis and conclusions reached in quantification of isobaric barbiturates in serum in 9 seconds using LDTD-DMS-MS/MS.  SelexION technology allows separation of two isobaric molecules with similar structure by varying the COV parameters.  Intra-run precision and accuracy comparable to LC-MS and GC-MS methods was achieved.    See the Oral Presentation slides and numerous other new posters at http://theoverbrookgroup.com/category/ldtd/toxicology/

Meet Us in St. Louis at 63rd ASMS May 31-June 4, 2015

Overbrook Scientific will be joining with Phytronix at the upcoming 63rd ASMS Show in St. Louis, MO

Booth 24: Phytronix Technologies, home of the LDTD ion source for ultra-fast analysis.

In addition there are numerous new posters focused on topics from personal care products to clinical testing, as well as drugs of abuse and an Oral Presentation by Phytronix:

Ultra-fast separation and quantification of isobaric barbiturates in serum using LDTD-MS/MS combined with differential mobility spectrometry

American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)

America’s Center, St. Louis, MO

May 31 – June 4, 2015


Navigating through the Laboratory Reimbursement Labyrinth

Overbrook Advisory Services is pleased to make available it’s new white paper, Recent Developments in Clinical Laboratory Reimbursement: A System in Transition.

The purpose of this paper is to provide information to clarify the coding and billing issues that toxicology labs are dealing with today, and to put those issues into the context of other changes affecting the broader laboratory industry. The paper addresses, in turn:

  • CPT code changes for toxicology implemented January 1, 2015, and how Medicare has – and has not – implemented those changes;
  • How CPT and Medicare have responded to major laboratory technology changes in other areas – NGS, MAAA
  • Coding compliance and the transition to ICD-10
  • FDA initiative to actively regulate Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs); and
  • The coming rebasing of Medicare’s Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) pursuant to Congress’ passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014.

Visit the Healthcare Reimbursement Consulting Services practice at Overbrook Advisory Services to learn more: http://www.theoverbrookgroup.com , or call 855-782-4373.


Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans: March 8-12: Overbrook Scientific

Overbrook Scientific will be at Pittcon at the Phytronix Technologies Booth # 2507.  

Phytronix, the leader in quantitative ultra-fast high-throughput analysis solutions for mass spectrometry presents the LDTD-96 and LDTD-384 ion sources.  These platforms represent a unique shotgun approach that introduces the sample into the mass spectrometer using an ultra-fast Laser Diode Thermal Desorption (LDTD process.  The LDTD Ion Source technology is the unique solution to increase your sample analysis throughput for your application needs.

Overbrook Scientific, Inc. is a U.S. distributor of the LDTD ion source.  Ted Palashis will be available at the booth.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

New Orleans, LA.



I2 SL Tour of Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems: Feb. 26

I 2 SL New England Event: February 26, 2015

Overbrook Support Services joins with other event sponsors including Aircuity, Alexandria, CAI, Jacobs, New England Labs and others to invite you to tour the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE), a 53,000 square foot research and laboratory space designed to test sustainable building products and systems.

The tour, held on Thursday, February 26, is a two minute walk from Barlow’s Restaurant (241 A Street, Boston), the event location.

Tours will leave from Barlow’s with a choice of tours 5:30-6:30 pm  or 6:30-7:30 pm

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided at Barlow’s.  Attendance is free to all, but space is limited!

Fraunhofer: 5 Channel Center Street, Boston. http://www.fraunhofer.org/SustainableEnergySystems 

Overbrook Support Services is a member of I2 SL.

New! Carrier Gas Migration Services Offering

Many chromatographers recognize the limited availability of Helium, coupled with its increased costs, and to aid them in converting from Helium to Hydrogen, or Helium to Nitrogen, Overbrook Support Services provides a best practices approach:

  • An initial gas process analysis audit to determine the best gas options
  • Explanations of the benefits and considerations of converting to Hydrogen or Nitrogen to gas supplies and their applications
  • Pro active implement plan that includes Method Development conversion and Hardware retrofitting

To learn more, visit http://theoverbrookgroup.com/overbrook-support/carrier-gas-migration-services/or call 855-782-4373

Are you going to SOFT 2014?

Join us along with Phytronix and the LDTD at this year’s Society of Forensic Toxicology (SOFT) Show:

Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 20-24.

Visit Phytronix Booth #416, attend a number of poster sessions led by Phytronix scientists during the annual conference.

Contact Richard Halpern at 617-364-7683 if you’d like to schedule a confidential appointment with representatives at the show.


Phytronix presents at IUPAC Congress of Pesticide Chemistry

13th IUPAC Congress of Pesticide Chemistry – Crop, Environment, and Public Health Protection: Technologies for a Changing World

August 10-14, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

Novel MS Interface for Rapid High-Throughput Pesticide Analysis:Warp Factor 1 

(Sponsored by Smithers Viscient),

This seminar which includes applicability of the Phytronix LDTD for pesticide testing laboratories will focus on the instrumentation needs of analytical laboratories dealing with a wide variety of test materials, numerous and complex matrices, and high sample throughput.

The Congress will be held concurrently with the 248th ACS National Meeting & Expo.


AACC 2014: July 27-31 – Introducing the LDTD to your Clinical Lab!

Phytronix, along with Overbrook Scientific, will be attending the 2014 American Association of Clinical Chemistry meeting in Chicago, IL.   Discover our new methods that will transform your Clinical Laboratory and accelerate your sample analysis.

AACC 2014 – American Association for Clinical Chemistry 
McCormick Place, Chicago IL
July 27 – 31, 2014

Phytronix Booth 3552

In addition:

Phytronix Poster Presentations:

Ultra-fast, high-throughput quantitative analysis of creatinine in serum by LDTD coupled to tandem mass spectrometry
Jean Lacoursière*, Pierre Picard & Alex Birsan
Phytronix Technologies Inc., Quebec, Canada

Ultra-fast, high-throughput quantitative analysis of Carboxy-THC in urine using LDTD coupled to tandem mass spectrometry
Alex Birsan*, Serge Auger, Pierre Picard and Jean Lacoursière
Phytronix Technologies Inc., Quebec, Canada

Overbrook Scientific joins with Phytronix at 62nd ASMS Conference June 15-19, 2014

Overbrook Scientific, an  independent distributor for the LDTD ion source, will join with Phytronix Technologies (Canada) at their Booth #161 at the upcoming 62nd Annual American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Conference June 15-19, 2014, in Baltimore, MD.   This year it is being held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.   For more information visit http://www.asms.org

Evaluation of LDTD for High Throughput Analysis of Controlled Substances published by RTI International

The Final Report: Evaluation of Laser Diode Thermal Desorption (LDTD) for High Throughput Analysis of Controlled Substances and Toxicology in Forensic Sciences, authored by RTI International, submitted through a grant from U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC) is available at https://ncjrs.gov.

Evaluation of the LDTD coupled with triple quadrupole (QQQ) MS for the high-throughput quantitative analysis of controlled substances and drug toxicology in forensic laboratories. One hundred eleven drugs of abuse were optimzed in methanolic drug solutions (e.g. designer drugs, controlled substances).

The LDTD  coupled with MS, has demonstrated its applicability in other scientific areas by proiding data comparable to traditionally used instrumentation, such as liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), in less than half of the time without the need for commonly used laboratory consumables such as analytical columns.  In fact, the LDTD was able to analyze a large number of samples in ~ 12 sec per sample.

Numerous advantages of the LDTD system referenced include: Quick installation, little instrument training, no additional software requirement, ease of use, minimal maintenance, rapid sample analysis, minimal sample volume, lack of chromatographic solvents and consumables, the ability to use across multiple MS platforms.


As new generation MS push the frontiers of technology even further with significant increases in resolution, sensitivity, selectivity and faster scan times, the LDTD directly benefits from these advances by becoming an evergrowing analytical tool in the process.   Recent advances in Ion Mobility devices also have permitted a new step forward in an otherwise ‘’shotgun’’ direct sample introduction technique, by allowing ion separation based on the molecule’s mobility characteristics through a buffer gas. This type of non-chromatographic separation increases the possibilities of molecules analyzed by LDTD coupled to MS/MS systems.

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/

MSACL is almost here! Visit with Phytronix Technologies and Overbrook Scientific March 1-5, 2014 in San Diego.

MSACL (Mass Spectrometry: Applications to the Clinical Lab) is being held again in San Diego, March 1-5.

Visit with Phytronix Technologies and Overbrook Scientific representatives at Booth #7.  Also, pre-register at the Tuesday Breakfast Workshop with presentation by Pierre Picard, PhD on Method Validation of 13 Benzodiazepines by LDTD-MS/MS Analysis in 6 sseconds per sample with correlative data from LC-MS/MS for 200 real patient urine samples.

Location: Marina 6.  Time: 7AM-8AM, March 4, 2014.

Poster sessions will be held at 2pm:  Sample Prep & Automation: Generic SLE Extraction method for ultra-fast drug screening in saliva using LDTD-MS/MS analysis

Poster session will be held at 5pm: Method Validation of 13 Benzodiazepines by LDTD-MS/MS Analysis in 6 seconds per sample with correlative data from LC-MS/MS for 200 real patient urine samples

Contact Richard Halpern, rhalpern@theoverbrookgroup.com for questions or comments, or assistance to pre-register for the Breakfast Worshop.