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Lachance S.,Ventiv Health ClinicalQC | Levesque A.,Ventiv Health ClinicalQC
Bioanalysis | Year: 2014

Sylvain Lachance is a Bioanalytical Scientific Expert in the Bioanalytical Division of inVentiv Health Clinical Quebec City's (Canada) site, a CRO offering clinical, commercial and consulting services to the healthcare industry. He is responsible for following up on the conduct of bioanalytical method development activities by enhancing the scientific and technical knowledge of the researchers, bioanalytical project coordinators and of the laboratory technicians. He assists bioanalytical project coordinators in investigations during bioanalyses and method validations. He has been working in the Bioanalytical Division of inVentiv Health Clinical for over 16 years, working as a Research Scientist, Chromatographic Specialist and Scientific Expert. He has worked on multiple method developments in HPLC and LC-MS/MS, specifically on troubleshooting. He has been involved in more than 70 posters and publications in the bioanalytical field for different scientific meetings. Ann Lévesque obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at the Université Laval in Québec City in 1994 studying the biological actions of peptide analogs of the gastrin releasing peptide in the growth inhibition of cancer cells. Prior to joining inVentiv Health Clinical, she held management positions at other Contract Research Organizations. Her publications include over 100 posters, 17 scientific articles and book chapters in the clinical biochemistry and bioanalytical fields. Within inVentiv Health, Dr. Lévesque is responsible for managing the R&D and sample analysis teams performing bioanalytical analysis of small molecules and peptides. She is also acting as the Biomedical Laboratory Director accountable for the oversight of all activities related to the safety testing of samples from subjects enrolled in early stage clinical trials. Since joining the Bioanalytical Division, Dr. Lévesque has been instrumental in the great success of the laboratory by developing a culture of quality, innovation and value. Validation guidelines from different agencies mainly recommend that matrix effect should be studied with hemolyzed and hyperlipidemic samples, while the European agency requires also to investigate matrix effect on special population. When studies are done in countries with different dietary habits, or when a medication is administered to decrease the concentration of the endogenous compounds, should the matrix effect in these conditions be evaluated? Herein, three case studies are described to show the importance of choosing the appropriate matrix for the bioanalytical method validations and for their use to analyze the study samples according to the conditions required by the clinical trials. The case studies presented are related to the use of the testosterone, Omega-3 and cortisol methods. © 2014 Future Science Ltd.

Levesque A.,Ventiv Health ClinicalQC | Gagnon-Carignan S.,Ventiv Health ClinicalQC | Lachance S.,Ventiv Health ClinicalQC
Bioanalysis | Year: 2016

The high throughput is routinely used for the first steps of drug development such as drug discovery screening and toxicity. However, for PK analysis of regulated studies, the requirements and difficulties to achieve high-throughput analysis are more demanding due to regulatory guidelines that are not needed for early steps of drug discovery. High-throughput analysis can be required for any drug type from small molecules to larger ones. Contract research organizations must be prepared to deliver the results associated to these studies in a fast turnaround. Herein, we will describe the challenges encountered by a laboratory in order to go from low- to high-throughput analysis. © 2016 Future Science Ltd.

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