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Prize-winning performance from Luke

Luke Robinson, an analytical scientist in our CMC team, has won a major national award.

Luke, a Biopharmaceutical Science graduate from The University of Sunderland – who joined Arcinova this summer – has been awarded the Agilent prize for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Analysis.  This was in recognition of him achieving top mark in his final year Advanced Analytical Techniques module. 

The prize was presented to Luke at our Alnwick site on November 22nd, 2017. 

He also achieved a first class honours mark for his final year project in which he used LC-MS to investigate trace level unknown impurities in aspirin products. Away from his analytical work, Luke also won the Fujifilm Prize for achieving the highest mark in the Metabolomics and Proteomics module.

In addition, in the summer of 2016, Luke was awarded a bursary for an eight-week summer studentship, funded by the Chromatographic Society, through its joint summer studentship scheme with The British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry separations group. 

The Chromatographic Society is a UK registered charity founded in 1946, which aims to promote and disseminate knowledge on all aspects of chromatography and related separation techniques.

The studentships are focused on involving the student in scientific research resulting in a report, which may be shared via the society's publications and associated websites. Many studentships have led to academic publications and presentations. 

Part of Luke’s work on optimised peak capacity in gradients using UHPLC (Ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography) and HPLC (High-performance liquid chromatography). It was presented at The Chromatography Society meeting in Sandwich and a publication is in preparation, which is based on this work and other undergraduate work at the university. 

Ian Shott, Managing Director of Arcinova said: “We are thrilled that Luke has been recognised for his incredible academic achievements and would like to congratulate him on his success.”

Martin Gray, Head of CMC at Arcinova, added: “Luke is an outstanding young scientist and we’re delighted that he is now part of the team here at Arcinova.”