Metabolite and residue extraction method development
The isolation of metabolites and residues from biological matrices can be a long and complex process. Keeping track of the extraction systems used and the calculations necessary to determine the concentration of each component in the extraction system presents a number of problems. The Trace system has been designed over a number of years to address these problems.
Automatic data collection, whilst probably saving little time, assures accurate collection and assignment of the data to the correct sample, thereby reducing possible errors. The ability to obtain immediate calculations on any part of the extraction scheme, raw data sheets throughout the scheme and even having the ability to export the extraction schemes in diagrammatic form to a Word document, saves considerable time in the preparation of the final report. With significant time savings in the area of QA auditing final reports as the system contains a full audit trail on all changes.
In addition to the obvious saving of resources there are also other intangible benefits to be gained such as the use of standardised algorithms and the establishment of a consistent, though flexible, approach to studies. Trace gives the user the benefit of online capture, constant study status, easy reporting, totally configurable multilevel user access with password protection, easy reporting and fast QA turnaround.
Trace is designed as a multi-user networked package allowing users to work on different trees within the same study or even the same tree at different stages of the sample extraction. Operating in a 32-bit environment such as Windows XP, Trace relies on connecting to the Oracle client\server database.