April 4, 2012

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AHPA Hosts HPTLC Seminar

SILVER SPRING, Md.  The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) will host a two-day seminar on high-performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) on June 9 and10 at the Alkemists Laboratories' corporate headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA.

Participants completing the course will be able to perform quality control (QC) using HPTLC on a variety of popular botanical extracts and raw materials. 

There are only 12 seats for this seminar, which will benefit business owners, laboratory personnel, quality assurance/quality compliance personnel, herbalists and anyone interested in making a determination for the quality and identity of botanical materials. A chemistry background is helpful, but not required. 

In addition to lectures and discussion, participants at the AHPA HPTLC seminar will spend the bulk of their time in the laboratory, conducting practical applications and using equipment to identify botanical reference samples from the extensive on-site herbarium. Scheduled topics on the agenda include:

  • Sample preparation

  • Accurate interpretation of data

  • Mobile phase preparation

  • Choosing the appropriate stationary phase

  • Determining appropriate detection  

Sidney Sudberg, chief scientific officer and vice president of quality at Alkemists Labs, will teach the course. Sudberg has been an active research chemist since his undergraduate studies at the City College of New York and graduate studies at Stony Brook University and New York University. He has published several scientific papers on natural products and serves on many of AHPA's committees, including the Analytical Laboratories and Standards committees, as well as the Sports Nutrition and Animal Products committees. 

Alkemists Labs' corporate headquarters features an on-site herbarium for reference materials, and participants completing the course will leave with the confidence to perform quality control using HPTLC on a variety of popular botanical materials.  

Early bird registration is available through April 13 for $1,995. After April 13, registration will be $2,500. Attendees will be provided with lunch, snacks, beverages and a copy of Wagner Plant and Drug Analysis. For more information, contact  Devon Powell,(301)588-1171 x102.

The AHPA welcomed four members to the association's board of trustees last month.

Attend the Inaugural AHPA Botanical Congress at SupplySide MarketPlace on Tuesday, May 8, at Javits Center in New York to hear more about using botanicals in personal care, dietary supplements or foods.

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