- Improving the use of synthetic chemistry space at Argenta Discovery...
Discovery (www.argentadiscovery.com )
has implemented the StarFish™ heating and
stirring workstation from Radleys to
improve the use of synthetic chemistry space in several of its laboratories
at its Harlow, United Kingdom, headquarters.
Argenta Discovery is a privately-held drug discovery company, applying
its integrated medicinal chemistry, biology, ADMET and CADD expertise
to drive drug discovery programmes for global pharmaceutical and
biotech clients and its own in-house therapeutics programmes. Argenta’s
synthetic chemistry laboratories are widely acknowledged as providing
informed and effective contract research services in many therapeutic
areas. Consequently, the company undertakes a range of activities
involved in medicinal chemistry research, such as milligramme to
multigramme-scale reactions from –78°C to 200°C, under
air, inert and reactive atmospheres utilising a wide range of reaction
systems, all competing for fume cupboard space. For simpler
heating and stirring reactions in standard glassware Argenta had
traditionally employed oil baths or aluminium blocks. However,
in addition to the mess and safety issues inherent with such apparatus,
to cope with multiple reactions in different vessels it was necessary
to employ several systems that occupied a large area of valuable
fume cupboard space.
Purpose designed to provide a safe, clean and more productive alternative
to using oil baths and heating mantles, the Radleys StarFish™ system
offered the space-saving, ease-of-use, rapid set-up, operational
safety improvements and versatility sought by Argenta. Matthew
Gill, a synthetic chemist at Argenta Discovery, commented “The
StarFish™ offers us significant space saving, as five round-bottomed
flasks can be placed on a single stirrer hotplate with the novel
manifolds offering a tidier system for gas/vacuum and water delivery”.
He added, “We have also benefited from the fact that the StarFish™ can
accommodate a range of different vessel types on the same system.
The StarFish™ is clearly helping us achieve maximum use of
valuable laboratory space”.
Priced to be affordable for any laboratory, the modular StarFish™ sets
a new standard for operational flexibility. The StarFish™ can
be configured to provide, at its simplest level, simultaneous stirring
and heating of a wide variety of vessel types and sizes – from
small 2ml vials to 250ml round-bottomed flasks. Yet the same system
can also be configured to perform more complex procedures in parallel
including synthesis, extraction, concentration, distillation and
To make best use of existing laboratory resources, the StarFish™ accepts
most popular brands of standard glassware. With a choice of base
plates, the StarFish™ will fit on all leading brands of stirring
hotplate – making it the most versatile heating and stirring
For further information on how the StarFish™ can make your laboratory a
safer, cleaner and more productive place, please contact Radleys on telephone
+44-1799-513320, email firstname.lastname@example.org or