Featured Customer – Garret Smith

The LaCore/UNT laboratory is a new collaboration that combines the robust business savvy of industrial manufacturing with the analytical knowledge of academia. Our lab was started at the beginning of 2020 and has a concise focus in the field of analytical testing of formulations and finished products. Dr. Guido Verbeck is the chief science officer. He is also currently a professor at the University of North Texas. Dan Krist is the CEO of LaCore labs, and is an operations professional with experience in Management, Business Development, GMP, Sales Management, Purchasing and Logistics. Dr. Imesha De Silva is the lab director who recently graduated from the University of North Texas with her doctorate in chemistry. Garret Smith is a Canadian graduate student who is currently pursuing his doctorate in chemistry at the University of North Texas.

The LaCore/UNT analytical testing facility entails a wide range of employees that include professors, graduate students, undergraduate students, microbiologists, and business professionals. The Wyatt instrument will serve as a source for both analytical and research data for the lab itself and the collaboration with the University of North Texas. Previously we did not have the capability of doing particle sizing in our lab, but with the addition of this instrument we will be able to perform precise analytical sizing measurements.

In what context did you first learn about light scattering and Wyatt instruments?

When building our lab, we needed an instrument that was able to accurately measure size for various particles such as liposomes. With further investigation within the market for particle size analyzers we came across Wyatt Technology. We found that they have comprehensive knowledge in the field with both a friendly staff and exceptional customer support. The installation and implementation of the instrument was easy and straightforward for us to understand the ins and out of the instrument.

How have your Wyatt instrumentation contributed to your research and development studies?

The DynaPro NanoStar has allowed us to efficiently characterize nanoparticles in the various formulations that we test in our lab. In addition to industry services and academic-industrial collaborations, UNT graduate students can use the instrument in their research studies that include characterization of newly synthesized metal compounds and accurately identifying the size of proteins.