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Scientific Support

Scientific Support VWRCATALYST associates with formal scientific education and experience are available to provide support at your location, according to your specific laboratory research needs.

Scientific Support represents a core capability within VWRCATALYST’s holistic portfolio of services. We hire, manage, and develop qualified scientists with backgrounds in traditional and novel research disciplines.

These non-permanent resources provide increased flexibility, allowing you to:

  • Assign scientific research applications to VWRCATALYST staff so you can prioritize strategic innovation and development imperatives
  • Add, shift, or share resources based on your needs
  • Respond quickly to new research challenges
  • Manage and improve quality and efficiency in scientific processes
  • Restructure teams while maintaining continuity with VWRCATALYST support staff
  • Drive cost savings in recruiting and human resources infrastructure

Our managed services model includes systems and processes that have been developed, and continue to evolve, to directly support the growth of your business.

We offer standard operating procedures (SOPs), service level agreements, and key performance indicator (KPI) metrics so you can measure your return on investment. And you’ll benefit from our structured Lean Six Sigma consulting methodology, which can help you improve scientific and lab management processes.

Success Stories: Scientific Support

Cell Culture

Includes maintaining primary, secondary and backup cell lines; scientific collaboration to develop cell lines; thawing, expanding, feeding and freeze-down; preparing and delivering cell aliquots; setup of routine cell-based assays; and lab record keeping.

Compound Dispensary

Includes maintaining compound library; sample registration, barcoding and storage; dispensing and weighing solid materials; dissolution; plate preparation; operating liquid handling equipment; sample delivery; lab record keeping; standard operating procedures (SOP) for regulated substances; maintaining lab consumables and equipment; and scientific collaboration with teams.

Media Support

Includes complex scientific media preparation; scientific collaboration to prepare experimental media; maintaining media stocks, ingredients and reagents; establishing aseptic protocols; following QA/QC procedures; maintaining lab consumables and equipment; and lab record keeping.

Bioassay Support

Includes DNA/RNA extractions; PCR and gel electrophoresis; genotyping; protein assays; sample preparation; protein purification; scientific collaboration to develop assays; maintaining lab consumables and equipment; lab record keeping; and preparing study reports.

Chemistry Support

Includes sample preparation; wet chemistry; titration, pH, viscosity, solubility, refractive index, and colorimetric analyses; operation of advanced equipment including HPLC, GC, IR, NMR, and mass spectrometry; scientific collaboration to develop methods; performance of basic scientific calculations; lab record keeping; preparing analysis reports; and maintaining lab consumables and equipment.

Open Access Laboratory Management

Includes management of an open lab area with shared equipment; managing the allocation of time to users; providing training with regard to specific laboratory rules; in-lab Environmental, Health and Safety; use of systems and equipment; providing equipment usage support; and serving as the point of contact for all questions and supporting demands of users. Our Open Lab Access Managers regularly hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a scientific field of study.