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How to ship your samples to PhenoSwitch

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on October 18, 2017

Simple rules to ensure successful delivery of your samples

Here we are! The quote has been approved and signed. You are excited to finally get MS results for your project and start thinking about shipping your precious biological samples to PhenoSwitch. Since we're all about getting your samples in the best possible condition, we decided to write some of the rules that should be followed to ensure proper shipment of your package to Canada (if you are outside Canada)!

Disclaimer: Those are guidelines, the shipper is always responsible for proper identification, packing, labeling and following transportation rules when shipping samples.

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Topics: Sample preparation, Mass spectrometry, Sample shipping, shipping samples to PhenoSwitch

The 3 top marketplaces for research scientists

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on April 19, 2017

Lab outsourcing : a new reality for science

How the marketplace is changing research for people in lab coats

Scientists are often thought of as edgy people. They are always trying to invent things that will simplify our lives, cure our illnesses or radically change life as we know it. Thus, thinking that scientists shop online for their high-tech, out-of-this-world research needs, like normal people do, can be a little weird! After all, how could they find what they are looking for on eBay or Amazon? As a follow-up to our blog post on the benefits of outsourcing, this post will focus on how online marketplaces for science work as well as their advantages and disadvantages. And as a bonus, we will tell you what are our top 3 online resources for research scientists!

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Topics: ECommerce, Marketplace

7 reasons to consider outsourcing some parts of your research

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on April 6, 2017

Faster, bigger, better: Scientific discovery is following that trend too!

Whether we like it or not, our beloved scientific community is getting pushed by the same productivity rules as the other disciplines. In order to be successful, researchers and pharma are expected to deliver solid, innovative and impactful research, faster than ever. Moreover, the trend of multidisciplinary research and the fast growth of the new technologies in these fields make it more and more difficult for a lab to keep up with the pace. In order to stay relevant, smaller labs often have to collaborate with other research teams to build bigger projects that are viable. But as we all know it, even with the best of intentions, bad communication between different research groups can hold back the propagation of useful results. Also, not everyone in a research collaboration has the same priority for the project. Therefore, as powerful as it is, collaboration can be hard to achieve without any drawbacks.

Escaping from bad communication that slows your progress is one of the many reasons why outsourcing could help your research project. But what are the cost-to-benefits ratio of outsourcing some or all parts of your research? What does it cost, will it be done the way you want it to be and what about the privacy/secrecy of your data? At first look, there seems to be more reasons to not outsource your work, but consider this--in September of 2016, Science, one of the industry’s most influential scientific journal, published a paper on outsourcing as being one of the next major trends in scientific research. As a service provider ourselves, we also feel that you should have a more in-depth look at the matter.

So here it is: 7 reasons why you should consider outsourcing your lab work!

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Topics: Mass spectrometry, ECommerce, Outsourcing

Attention aux arnaques : votre remède naturel est-il vraiment naturel? [French version]

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on March 7, 2017

Une note amicale de vos serviteurs chez PhenoSwitch: votre naturopathe improvisé n'est peut-être pas aussi naturel qu'il le prétend. Here's a link to an english version of this post. 

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Topics: Lipidomics, Mass spectrometry, High Sensitivity

Beware of the scams : is your herbal medicine really natural?

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on March 7, 2017

A friendly note to the "all-natural medicine" preachers from the folks at PhenoSwitch: your improvised store herbalist may not be that natural after all. Also, for our French-speaking readers, we wrote a special "version française de ce blog ici".

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Topics: Lipidomics, Mass spectrometry, High Sensitivity

A shiny new QTRAP 6500+ in our labs!

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on February 28, 2017

Better sensitivity, better linearity and better selectivity with the QTRAP 6500+ from SCIEX

Sometimes, we don't need all that power. But sometimes, it takes the very best to get what we are after. We are happy to announce that we can now deliver the very best in sensitivity, linearity and selectivity for your mass spectrometry analyses. Our latest toy, the QTRAP 6500+ from Sciex, is fresh out of the box and ready to rock! 

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Topics: Lipidomics, Mass spectrometry, High Sensitivity, QTrap 6500+, Small molecule, Method development

Q&A about SWATH

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on October 26, 2016

You have more questions about SWATH? Maybe this will help!

We know it. Mass spectrometry is quite complicated. OK, it is very complicated! The different concepts behind the technology is uses and/or the acquisition mode it offers are pretty hard to understand. This is why we chose to write this post to answer some of the questions that we have been asked about SWATH. This post is directly related to our blog post on the SWATH acquisition mode, so make sure you read it before digging into this one!

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Topics: SWATH, Proteomics, Application note, Lipidomics

10 reasons why you should choose mass spectrometry to study your molecule of interest

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on September 7, 2016

Why should I use mass spectrometry in my research project?

It is no secret that mass spectrometry can be very intimidating for new users. For a lot of biologists and physicians, MS represents a shadow of a memory, in a distant undergraduate class. We all heard the terms TOF or MALDI-TOF, and remember that it means Time-of-flight and something-something-laser(!)-Time-of-flight, but for the majority of us, that's about it. We think that the mass spectrometer spits out thousands of numbers in a spreadsheet, and that if you are not sitting with the scientists who performed the analysis, you won't be able to get anything meaningful out of this mess. Also, it costs money. A lot of money.

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Topics: Sample preparation, Mass spectrometry

Sample preparation for mass spectrometry

Posted by Jean-François Noël, Ph.D. on July 20, 2016

Learn how to optimize your sample preparation technique for mass spectrometry

What do you mean "I cannot just put the sample in the machine.."? 

Mass spectrometry is a tricky science. It is incredibly powerful and can bring a lot of added value to most research projects. However, in order to benefit from the full potential of the analysis, one has to be very careful during the sample preparation stage of the experiment. Because no, you cannot just put the sample in the machine in any way! Such a sophisticated machine needs that your sample is prepared the right way, with the right tools and the right techniques. Only then will you get meaningful results. And because we are all about helping people, we will share our secrets to you. So, here are some tips for sample preparation for mass spectrometry!

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Topics: Sample preparation, Tips

What should you expect from your proteomics experiments? [SWATH]

Posted by Jean-Philippe Couture, Ph.D. on June 29, 2016

Proteomics services : what should a good proteomics data report look like?

Science goes fast, so should you! 

Modern science tends to make good use of major advances in technology. The ever increasing number of “omics” studies in high impact factor journals supports this claim. It also shows that, when used to their full potential, the massive data derived from those experiments can help to unravel trends that would have been impossible to observe with classic molecular biology experiments alone. 

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Topics: SWATH, Proteomics, Data report