King's College London

Separating record breakers from the rule breakers in record time.

Members of the Drug Control Center at King’s College London are already gearing up for the Olympics of 2012. They won’t be running in any events; they’ll be running drug tests on the Olympic competitors.

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Every year, more and more forbidden substances enter the athletic arena. The challenge is to detect the new drugs and to do it as quickly as possible. For the Olympics, testing results must be back in 24 hours, which means the analysis needs to be completed in about 8 hours, allowing the remaining time for possible re-testing, confirming results, gathering results, etc.

With so much at stake and the whole world watching, the toxicology team at King’s College London uses Waters ACQUITY UPLC®/tandem MS. Why? Three reasons:

  1. The analysis is significantly quicker
  2. Prep time is significantly shorter
  3. Sensitivity is significantly higher because of the lower flow rates

The 2012 Olympic Games may still be years away, but the scientists at King’s College London are already off and running.

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