Welcoming New Support Chemists
November 12, 2019
PromoChrom is delighted to have two remarkable industry professionals join the team. As Support Chemists, Edie and Raymond will take on significant roles such as product development, market research and customer support.
Edie Xue obtained her PhD in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia, during which she published 5 papers and received 3 awards. With over 10 years of combined research and industry experience under her belt, she is well equipped for this position. We look forward to her help in developing new product applications and providing top quality customer assistance. Edie has helped her past company save valuable time and money through on-site installations as well as remote support. Her strong determination and willingness to go the extra mile will be a great asset to PromoChrom.
Raymond Chen has a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and over 5 years of experience in renowned commercial labs such as SGS Axys. He is familiar with different methods and best laboratory practices. Being an end user of multiple laboratory instruments, he offers valuable insights from the customer's perspective. Combined with his background in engineering, Raymond is the perfect candidate to translate laboratory needs to product features. We are impressed by his eye for detail and ability to find the simplest solutions. PromoChrom's future product line up will appreciably benefit from his inputs.
PFAS Extraction - October 2019 Snapshot
October 5, 2019
October 3rd marked our 16th and 17th SPE-03 system installations for PFAS in drinking water. After trying out one system earlier this year and passing all validation with flying colors, a government lab purchased 2 more units. Just 3 days into the installation, the 2 systems were already tested for background, IDC (Initial Demonstration of Capability) and two batches of MRL (Minimum Reporting Level) confirmation. PromoChrom is honored to have a good working relationship with this state-of-the-art laboratory. Validation results of 1st system shown below:
Our first PFAS customer in USA, Merit Labs, has been working with us since last September to optimize the SPE-03 for EPA Method 537. They are a well-recognized testing lab in the State of Michigan and experts in the field of PFAS. Starting in February 2019, they migrated from the vacuum manifold to our automated system. The SPE-03 has freed up a lot of their resources and has produced good and consistent results. We recently learned that it even had better surrogate recovery for some complex sample matrices compared to using the vacuum manifold.
In between our first and most current installations, we've helped many labs including government, university, private and commercial with their PFAS extraction, which are not limited to EPA Method 537. Some are using WAX and mixed-mode cartridges to extract shorter and longer chain compounds. For each customer, we spend 3 days on-site to ensure that the system is optimized for their application.
Having proven itself as a trusted solution for PFAS, the SPE-03 has entered customer tenders in collaboration with leading chromatographic companies. The number of overseas inquiries are also steadily increasing. We look forward to many more opportunities in the future.
Exploring New Frontiers - Protein Purification
August 14, 2019
A customized version of the SPE-03 set foot for the first time in the cold and unchartered territory of protein purification.
The SPE-03 is seen here working at 4 degrees Celsius to purify 8 protein samples. The concept is quite similar to solid phase extraction. Due to the flexibility of our SPE-03 design, a few simple customizations were sufficient to get the system up and running.
A 2nd customer has ordered a similar system and we are hopeful that the SPE-03 will be a very helpful tool in this new market.
July 21-24, 2019
This year, we unveiled the latest version of the SPE-03 at NACRW, featuring a larger touch display, easier sample loading from the sides and an overall cleaner design. The system has been a popular choice for extracting water samples but is just as effective with food samples. A lot of end users were impressed by the small foot print and ergonomics of this 8-channel SPE system. Being easily compatible with different SPE cartridges and sample containers, the SPE-03 can readily replace existing manual SPE processes.
We also displayed a poster discussing the considerations of automating PFAS extraction following EPA Method 537.1. PFAS is a growing concern especially in the USA but current methods can only extract and analyze a small group of targeted compounds. The development of more effective methods can be expedited with the help of an auomated SPE system. The SPE-03 has already been used with both SDVB and WAX cartridges for PFAS in drinking water.
During the tradeshow, we were contacted by a couple of large analytical instrument companies for collaboration. The SPE-03 was brought to their attention through satisfied customers. We look forward to seeing more laboratories benefitting from this great system!See the Brochure See the Poster
SPE-01 Design Updates
April 3, 2019
Many of the new desirable features of the SPE-03 can now be found on our SPE-01. The SPE-01 is a cost-effective and powerful single-channel solid phase extraction system that can process up to 12 samples sequentially without supervision. It is a perfect fit for labs that process smaller volume samples or have tighter budget constraints.
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- New touch screen interface
- Up to 100 lines per method
- Up to 100 methods can be saved
- Adjustable sample connection rack for more versatility
- Built-in waste channel to allow processing of large volume samples
- USB port for method transfer and software update
Highlights of 2018
February 27, 2019
2018 was a milestone year for PromoChrom Technologies. Not only did we enjoy unprecedented growth in sales, a new office space was acquired to poise ourselves for more to come in 2019. We have our customers and distributors to thank and will continue to offer high quality products and close collaboration. Below are some of the highlights:
▶ 100% Revenue Increase
2018 was a strong financial year where we doubled our sales figures from 2017. The increased popularity of PromoChrom's flagship products SPE-03 and SPE-04 have contributed significantly to our growth.
▶ Success of SPE-03
The new SPE-03 with improved performance and usability has gained a strong footing in the global market, especially in USA. The product was very well-received by our customers who found it easy to use, powerful and reasonably priced. Applications included drinking water, waste water, animal feed and fuel.
▶ Expanding Market Reach
We are proud to be working with motivated distributors who are constantly finding new opportunities for our products. With their support, we were able to enter new markets such as South Korea, Singapore and Australia.
▶ New Office Branch
A new branch was established in Richmond, BC to increase our research and development, testing and production capacity. We are excited to bring on board new members in the next few months.
▶ New Logo
As the company evolves, so should its image. We have updated our company logo to a more simplistic yet professional design. It will also be more recognizable and easier to print on our products.