Author Archives: Kari du Plessis

Monkeypox: What you need to know in 2022

Living in a post-pandemic world has changed our perceptions about potentially contracting foreign viruses. Our once carefree outlook on global diseases is forever changed and we are on full alert when new strains are diagnosed on the other side of the planet.  To no surprise, the recent outbreak of monkeypox has rattled our cages and […]

Biobanking in South Africa

What is biobanking? The short answer? A biobank is a repository of appropriately preserved biological samples forthe purpose of future scientific research.However, in the scientific research realm, biobanking far exceeds this simplified explanation.Back in 2009, Time magazine listed the concept of Biobanking as one of the “10 IdeasChanging the World Right Now”. They cast the […]

Laboratory Quality Management Systems:
An overview

Your brainchild is coming to fruition and you’re finally setting up a new lab. Exciting! When working in a commercial laboratory setting, there is no way to avoid the term “quality management”. And with good reason!  A well-implemented Quality Management System (QMS) has the ability to make a laboratory reach its peak productivity and, in […]

How to find most qualified personnel for scientific positions

In order to find the most qualified personnel for scientific positions, it is essential to consider all of the possible sub-specialities in major research directions.  Recruitment agencies with experience in scientific placements are a great place to start.  LabSPACE Africa has chosen Scistaff as our recruiter of choice due to their years of experience and […]

Setting up laboratories in Africa: Where to start

Your brainchild is coming to fruition and you’re finally setting up a new lab. Exciting! The emergence of new laboratories in Africa is essential to Scientific progress on the continent and the need for well-equipped facilities with world-class standards is on the rise. You’ve done months of market research; you’ve secured funding and you are […]

Our new Shimadzu UHPLC-MS/MS with a tandem PDA detector.

What is a Shimadzu UHPLC-MS/MS? Liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometry (LC/MS) is an essential tool for quantitative and qualitative evaluation in a wide variety of fields, from pharmaceuticals and food science to environmental analysis.  The most widely used MS/MS system is the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (TQMS).  Shown below, you can see how this works by looking […]

Analytical Chemistry

In analytical chemistry, separation techniques are a set of sample preparation steps that increase the concentration of a target analyte in a sample by eliminating some portion of the impurities.  The impurities may be other substances also present in the sample, or they may be components of the matrix through which the analytes must pass […]

Climatic testing of complementary medicine.

The management of pharmaceutical products, Pharmaceutical products in South Africa is regulated by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) under the Medicines and Related Substances Act (Act 101/ 1965). This act, among other things, ensures that all medicines are safe before they are placed on the market. The SAHPRA has published two different […]

What was in the BIG box that arrived at LabSPACE Midrand?

Nothing else than a new UPLC-LC-MS/MS with tandem PDA detection.  The new SHIMADZU 8045 offers everything LabSPACE requires in a robust and sensitive analytical, workhorse. What is the LCMS-8045 LIquid Chromatograph Spectrometer? The LC-MS/MS is a powerful tool for the detection of residual chemical compounds, confirmatory identification of small organic molecules, and confirmation and quantitation […]

Everything You’ve Ever Wondered About Laboratories

What is a laboratory? We’ve all seen laboratories (or “labs”) in films and TV – lots of vials, test tubes, and machines humming away on the counter. But what exactly is a laboratory? The precise definition is any room or building with scientific equipment used to conduct scientific tests or teach science. That’s pretty broad. […]