Academic Research vs. Industry, EMU Chemistry Students Tour Avomeen’s Contract Analytical Laboratory and Learn about Life in Chemistry Professions

May 28th, 2014 – Led by Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) Dr. Maria Milletti, Dr. Ruth Ann Armitage, and Dr. Christine Clark, a group of graduate and undergraduate students toured Avomeen Analytical Services contract laboratory. Avomeen’s Vice President of Technical Services, Andrew Kolbert Ph.D., M.T.M., provided the students with an overview of the options available when working in the field of analytical chemistry for various industrial, government, and manufacturing sectors. This helped the students gain valuable insight into where their technical skills and interests could take them upon graduation. Using real world examples the discussion highlighted the many differences between working on analytical research verse performing chemical analysis for industry.

Avomeen’s technical Director Evan Boyst hosted the tour and presented Avomeen’s specialized services and capabilities. His presentation included multiple case studies highlighting the laboratory’s unique services including deformulation (chemical reverse engineering), custom formulation development, innovative reformulation (formulation re-engineering), investigative chemical analysis for patent infringement, and more. Boyst also discussed some of the laboratory’s advanced instruments such their FT-IR, SEM/EDX, HPLC, GC-MS, ICP-MS, and others, as well as spoke to their specific applications. The students readily interacted with this information as it directly related to their academic research and training.

During the tour the students had the chance to walk through Avomeen’s 25,000 Sq. Ft. state-of-the-art facility, viewing its segregated laboratories and the instrumentation utilized for their wide variety of clients’ customized projects. Some of the highlights of the tour included the GMP laboratory, formulation laboratory, and Avomeen’s brand new pharmaceutical clinical trial manufacturing suites. The students were able to interact with chemists and get a sense for what working in an analytical laboratory is like.

The group also heard from Tiffiny Micyus, a recent EMU graduate now working at Avomeen. Tiffiny encouraged the students that while working in the field is very different from completing graduate work, she has quickly adapted and has already learned a great deal on the job. She further stated that the use of acronyms and strict project deadlines are the greatest immediate challenges in working for a contract laboratory verse continuing within academia. Evan Boyst, who also studied at EMU, further provided real-world insight to the students speaking to the necessities of cleanliness and correct record keeping in laboratory notebooks.

Dr. Milletti said the students enjoyed both the presentations and opportunity to tour the labs. She was impressed with the variety of projects Avomeen deals with and thought the day-to-day work of the laboratory chemists to be quite interesting. The EMU chemistry faculty also said they will be encouraging their students to consider Avomeen when looking for employment after graduation. Further, they hope to partner with Avomeen through part-time and summer internships for students looking to participate at an analytical laboratory prior to their graduation. Avomeen has offered internships for promising students in the past and looks forward to continuing to equip chemistry students with the skills needed to make great contributions to the field.

More information on Avomeen’s analytical services can be found at www.avomeen.com. Recent graduates as well as chemistry and analytical professionals are encouraged to send their employment inquiries and resumes to hr@avomeen.com.