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LCMS TEAM

Jason Valentine

Director, LCMS

Qualifications

As the CEO of Agilex Biolabs, and previously the founding CEO of CPR Pharma Services, Jason’s passion for scientific excellence ensured that Agilex Biolab’s exacting scientific standards are maintained.

Jason is the driving force behind Agilex Biolab’s ethos of excellence in customer service and Quality Assurance, and he maintains close relationships with existing and potential customers. With over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company.

Winner of the 2008 BioInnovation SA Young Achiever of the Year Award, Jason is highly skilled in the management of service provision facilities. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Will Walker

Laboratory Operations Manager, LCMS

Qualifications

Will has worked in the field of regulated bioanalysis for over 15 years and has extensive expertise in small molecule validation and sample analysis through LC/MS-MS.

​At Agilex Biolabs, Will is responsible for leading operations within the LC/MS-MS laboratory and optimising the productivity and efficiency of laboratory resources to meet the needs of each client.

Will has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in organic chemistry and physiology. He regularly attends international conferences to remain at the forefront of industry knowledge and scientific innovation.

As an engaged and effective Leader, Will takes pride in providing customer service excellence to his clients by delivering quality, every time, for every project. He is particularly passionate about training laboratory staff to foster their career development.

Heather Heading

Scientific Study Manager, LCMS

Qualifications

Heather has worked in the field of bioanalysis for over 10 years and has significant expertise in regulatory compliance.

Heather has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Bachelor of Technology in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry and has worked in the organisation for over 10 years. With a keen interest in both the compliance and technical aspects of the work performed across the laboratory, Heather has a special interest in validated computerised systems.

Dr Jason Geue

Research and Development Manager, LCMS

Qualifications

Dr Jason Geue has 15 years of experience in the field of bioanalysis. Jason and his team at Agilex Biolabs are responsible for developing robust mass spectrometry assays in a variety of matrices under GLP regulations, to support preclinical and clinical release studies.

With a PhD in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in chemistry, Jason currently has 10 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high impact journals. He has a background in bioanalysis in research and industry roles and specialised expertise in complex method development and mass spectrometry analysis.

Jason has a passion for problem solving and enjoys the challenge of successfully troubleshooting analytical problems to find solutions to commercial and scientific challenges for each client.

Akshay Kariya

Study Director, LCMS

Qualifications

Akshay has worked in the field of bioanalytical services for 10 years and has expertise in regulated bioanalysis.

At Agilex Biolabs, he is responsible for the validation and analysis of bioanalytical assays under GLP regulations to support of pre-clinical and clinical release studies.

Akshay has Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Masters of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

His passion is to continuously improve safe and effective laboratory practices and to promote a healthy workplace culture for all staff.

Spencer Clarke

Principal Method Development Scientist, LCMS

Qualifications

Spencer has 20 years of experience in the field of drug development bioanalytical research and has extensive expertise in mass spectrometry, HPLC, GC, UV,

immuno-affinity and extraction techniques.

At Agilex Biolabs, Spencer is responsible for developing mass spectrometry based assays for the determination of developmental drugs and their associated metabolites in various biological matrices under GLP regulations to support

pre-clinical and clinical drug development studies.

Spencer is passionate about getting the right result, delivering quality, every time, for every project. His special area of interest is drug development, including the measurement of peptides and proteins by LC/MS-MS and finding solutions to bioanalytical challenges.

Ian Smit

Principal Method Development Scientist, LCMS

Qualifications

Ian has 20 years of experience in the field of drug development in industry and research roles in South Africa and the UK. He has specialised expertise in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), mass spectrometry and extraction techniques from biological matrices.

At Agilex Biolabs, Ian is responsible for developing methods under GLP and FDA regulations for support of pre-clinical and clinical studies.

Ian has a Bachelor of Science in Physiology, Bioachemistry and Microbiology, a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours in Analytical Pharmacology and a Masters Degree in Clinical and Analytical Pharmacology.

Stephen Duplock

Principal Method Development Scientist, LCMS

Qualifications

Stephen has worked in the field of mass spectrometry and bioanalytical method development for 25 years at Australian research institutes and contract research organisations.

At Agilex Biolabs, Stephen is responsible for developing LC/MS-MS bioanalytical methods for drugs and new chemical entities to meet the Bioanalytical Method Validation guidelines of the regulatory authorities (FDA, EMA).

With a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Organic Chemistry, Stephen has a passion for all areas of science.

Troy Stomski

Study Director, LCMS

Qualifications

Troy has 13 years of experience in mass spectrometry and regulated bioanalysis.

At Agilex Biolabs, Troy is responsible for validating and conducting sample analysis under GLP regulations for support of pre-clinical and clinical release studies.

With a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, Troy has a passion for drug discovery of small molecules.

Margaret Mathews

Study Director, LCMS

Qualifications

Margaret has worked in the field of pharmaceutical and bioanalytical research for 17 years and has specialised expertise in LC/MS-MS bioanalytical analysis at pharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations.

At Agilex Biolabs, she is responsible for validating LC/MS-MS assays under GLP regulations and overseeing sample analysis using the validated LC/MS-MS assays. She has also played an important role in the Quality Assurance group performing internal compliance audits and creating CSV documentation.

Margaret is passionate about maintaining the highest standards of quality in bioanalysis. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours Degree.

Sam Anderson

Study Director, LCMS

Qualifications

Sam has worked in the field of analytical chemistry for 7 years.

At Agilex Biolabs, she is a Study Director for the LC/MS-MS bioanalytical laboratory team.

She has Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry) and extensive experience in analytical research, with a specialisation in the analysis of wine flavour compounds.

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