Detecting Counterfeit Drugs with FT-NIR

Galaxy Scientific’s App Note: Detecting Counterfeit Drugs Using FT-NIR

AZo Materials has published the latest application note from Galaxy Scientific

A suitable technology is needed to quickly, easily, and inexpensively screen medical drugs to detect fake products and poor quality ingredients. Traditional wet chemical or chromatographic methods cannot be used as fast screening tools as they are time-consuming and require expertise in sample preparation and handling. However, near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is rapid, non-destructive, and can be used to differentiate and quantify organic compounds. With no complex sample preparation, NIR spectroscopy can be extremely inexpensive per sample. NIR spectroscopy can also differentiate between generic formulations that are sold as brand name drugs. The most impressive example of using NIR spectroscopy as a counterfeit drug screening tool comes from the People’s Republic of China. Researchers at China’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) have equipped 200 vans with FT-NIR spectrometers turning them into mobile labs for counterfeit drug testing.

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The Benefits of FT-NIR Spectroscopy for Rice Analysis

Galaxy Scientific’s Latest Article on AZO Materials website

FT-NIR spectroscopy to Analyse Rice… Since the 1950s, scientists have been searching for parameters that can define the cooking quality and processing characteristics of rice, as well as its chemical and physical testing methods. For example, amylose content and alkali diffusion values are widely used worldwide in rice breeding. Amylose content is related to water absorption, swelling, viscosity, and glossiness of rice. The alkali diffusion value is related to the gelatinization temperature of milled rice starch granules. The viscosity of rice paste during heating and cooling is often measured as an indicator of the milling properties of rice flour. Although the content of protein is not often used in rice breeding, it is nevertheless an important factor because it directly affects cooking time, texture, and nutritional value. The fat content is also an important nutrient of rice; it has a significant influence on the flavor, appearance, and quality. Additionally, the fat content in rice decreases with the extent of processing.

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Edible Oils Analysis ǀ New AZO Item

The Benefits of Edible Oils Analysis Using FT-NIR Instrumentation

AZO Materials Publishes Latest Article about Galaxy Scientific’s Near Infrared Analyzers

Fats and oils are recognized as essential nutrients in human diets and are presented in varying amounts in many foods. They not only provide the human body with a concentrated source of energy but also supply essential fatty acids that are precursors for important hormones. The quality of edible fats and oils are assessed through parameters such as iodine value (IV), trans content, peroxide value (PV), anisidine value (AV), saponification number (SN), free fatty acids (FFA), and solid fat content (SFC). The traditional chemical and chromatographic methods used to analyze edible fats and oils are labor-intensive, require the use of solvents and reagents, and are extremely time-consuming.

FT-NIR spectroscopic analysis of fats and oils is fast, requires no sample preparation, and can analyze multiple parameters with a single measurement. An infrared spectrum of an oil contains a wealth of information that can be used to determine important factors.

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FT-NIR Model Transfer Topic of Online Article

AZO Materials Publishes Latest Article About FT-NIR Analyzers from Galaxy Scientific

Instrument to Instrument Model Transfer from FT-NIR to FT-NIR 

Until recently, commercial near-infrared spectrometers (NIR) have been either high-performance, with high resolution and broad spectral range for laboratory use, or portable and with low performance. Galaxy Scientific offers a new, high-performance, portable NIR solution with both the analytical performance and portability required for today’s applications. The QuasIR™ series analyzer is a Fourier-transform near-infrared spectrometer (FT-NIR ) that weighs less than 8.5 kg, occupies 45x24x14 cm3, and is battery operated. It is portable and, at the same time, delivers high performance. In this study, we examine the spectra collected on a high-performance benchtop FT-NIR instrument with spectra collected on our portable FT-NIR instrument to validate spectra compatibility and qualitative/quantitative model transferability and predict application performance.

QuasIR™ Series FT-NIR is Now Compatible with Symbion Software

Symbion DX™ and RX™  Manages Measurement Process During Online Analysis

Galaxy Scientific is pleased to announce that the QuasIR™ Series of Portable FT-NIR Instruments is now compatible with Symbion software. The Symbion DX™ and RX™ Process Analytical Software Suite manages the measurement process during online analysis. Some of the key features of this software include:

  • Sample system design and control
  • Simultaneous control of multiple analyzers
  • Extraction of process variable information from the raw data
  • Real-time trending of any number of streams
  • System diagnostics and alarming
  • Choice of file-based or database storage

Symbion DX™ is easy-to-use and offers extensive capabilities for calibration, validation, and documentation. Symbion RX™ provides the added security precautions needed to ensure compliance in highly regulated environments. Both software suites work in Windows (XP and 10).

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AZO Materials Publishes Galaxy Scientific Article

Using FT-NIR as a Real Time QC Tool for Polymer Manufacture

Galaxy Scientific is pleased to have another article featuring their FT-NIR instrumentation on AZoM, the chief worldwide news service for engineering and design, and the leading online publication for Materials Science.

The Article
The use of near infrared spectrometers (FT-NIR) is common in the polymer industry in process and quality control operations. This article focuses on three FT-NIR applications: 1) at line polyether polyols’ hydroxyl value analysis; 2) real time isocyanate number monitoring during a polyurethane reaction; and 3) off-line quality control of percentage styrene in styrene copolymers.

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Galaxy Scientific Announces New Line of FT-NIR Spectrometers

Nashua, NH – February 10, 2016 – Galaxy Scientific is proud to introduce the next generation of portable FT-NIR analyzers at the Pittsburgh Conference (Pittcon) in Atlanta, GA, on March 7-10, 2016. The QuasIR™ product line brings together the portability required to move NIR analysis closer to the point-of-need with unmatched spectroscopic performance necessary for the fastest and most accurate results. These spectrometers are ready for field or laboratory use, with options for fiber optic probes, large area diffuse reflectance sampling for inhomogeneous solids, and temperature-controlled transmission measurements. The PermAlign™ optics technology at the heart of the instruments ensures excellent instrument accuracy and repeatability, even under extreme conditions. Easy-to-use SpectalSage™ software combined with powerful algorithms, such as the Advanced-ID software, make implementation fast and accessible.

QuasIR™ 2000 – Compact, portable, and high-performance FT-NIR spectrometer with fiber optic probe for lab, field, and on-line applications.

QuasIR™ 3000 – Compact, portable, and high performance FT-NIR spectrometer with large area integrating sphere for measuring inhomogeneous samples such as powders, grains, and other solids.

QuasIR™ 4000 – All the features of the QuasIR™ 3000 FT-NIR analyzer plus a temperature-controlled transmission chamber for measuring liquids such as edible oils, fuels, and lubricants.

Galaxy Scientific’s team of application scientists has a wide range of experience in agricultural, industrial, and pharmaceutical measurements and can assist with building new calibrations or transferring existing methods. To learn more, come and meet the team at booth 558 at Pittcon 2016 or visit the website at

About Galaxy Scientific

Galaxy Scientific, an industry pioneer in portable optical spectroscopy, is an agile innovator, enabling organizations to use the power of optical spectroscopy to analyze and authenticate important chemicals and materials. The QuasIR™ family of instruments uses Fourier Transform Near Infrared (FT-NIR) technology based on novel PermAlign™ optics to ensure unmatched instrument accuracy and repeatability, even under extreme conditions. Founded in 2013, Galaxy Scientific is a privately owned company headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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