Method Development With Camilla Liscio

Martin Perkins

11th August 2020

Camilla Liscio, CAMS-UK, Data Processing, Design of Experiment, DoE, Method Development, Sample Preparation, Webinar,

she’;s 20/08 – 1/3 Method Development With Camila Liscio: Sample Prep

27/08 – 2/3 Method Development With Camila Liscio: Analysis

03/09 – 3/3 Method Development With Camila Liscio: Data Processing

Method development is the place where analytical science resembles art; sound analytical methods are often rather elegant.

It is where analysts use their craft and expertise to find the optimum solution to analytical problems. If it’s a tough one, they may need to think outside the box and find unconventional solutions.

Method development specialists are often the innovators in our industry. The ones who stretch the limits of technology’s current capabilities.

They need the self-confidence to believe that when they face a complicated problem, they can see it through. That they can come up with something that will be fit-for-purpose.

Without this confidence, there is a tendency to copy what others are doing. To play it safe and miss the innovations that will get you ahead of the game.

Bearing in mind that once in place, these methods may be there for ten years, it’s certainly worth trying to push the limits of what’s possible.

Unfortunately, the drive toward more specialised job-roles means most laboratories have just a handful of chemists responsible for method development.

These members of staff don’t just need analytical skills. They also need to understand the context of the problem and the regulatory environment.

These skills come with practice and time served. Good people are not easy to find.

What we need is a new generation of specialised method developers.

The people able to train the next generation are often as busy as they are experienced. They have little time to transfer their knowledge.

According to the Community of Analytical Measurement Science, (CAMS UK), the shortage of method development skills is one of the biggest threats to the health of analytical science.

We want to do our bit, by sharing our hard won expertise, so we have put together a three part webinar series, covering the most important aspects of modern method development.


The Three Stages

We’ll look at the three stages of method development: Sample Preparation, Instrumental Analysis and Data Processing.

Camilla Liscio will take you through the fundamentals of each stage, before being joined by an industry specialist to discuss tips for excellent method development.

Camilla is one of Anatune’s most experienced and effective method developers. Her background in metrology – the science of measurement and statistics – give her a deep understanding of the mathematics underpinning all analytical science.

This, coupled with her years solving complex analytical problems for LGC and Anatune, puts her on extremely strong foundations for method development.

If you aspire to become a rising star in your organisation or know anyone earmarked for great work, this is a must attend series.

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20/08 – 1/3 Method Development With Camila Liscio: Sample Prep

In this first episode, we’ll take a look at an essential yet very challenging part of the analytical workflow: Sample Preparation. We will explore alternatives to the standard one-variable-at-a-time approach (OVAT) using Design of Experiment (DoE). And we will address how the blissful synergy with automation makes method development not only faster and more time/cost effective, but also capable of finding the right answer across the whole of the experimental space.

In the second half of the webinar, Camilla will be joined by Phil Kay – a learning manager for JMP, a division of SAS Institute. He is among the leading minds in Design of Experiments and has a long history of guiding data analytical solutions for industrial organisations around the world. Phil is a long time collaborator of Anatune so we couldn’t be happier that he’s agreed to take part.


27/08 – 2/3 Method Development With Camila Liscio: Analysis

Episode 2 of the method development series focusses on instrument analysis, specifically hyphenated techniques (GC-MS and LC-MS). We’ll delve into some of the atypical options for dealing with poor sensitivity and matrix interference.

We’ll be joined by our expert guest Colin Towers – Technical Support Chemist at Crawford Scientific. Finally, we’ll discuss the (sometimes unconventional) tips and tricks to help develop your method development tool kit.

Colin has decades of experience in solving practical method development problems. He’s a decreasing breed of analyst with intimate knowledge of what’s going on under the hood of your analyser.


03/09 – 3/3 Method Development With Camila Liscio: Data Processing

In the third and final episode of the Series, we will consider Data Processing – the last but by no means least part of the analytical workflow. Software portfolio capabilities have improved tremendously in the past decade, allowing analysts to count on an increasingly diverse toolkit. Camilla is incredibly passionate about this stage of the analytical process so from her perspective, she’s left the best to last.

Camilla will be in discussion with a long time collaborator of Anatune (we’ll reveal who this is, shortly). This discussion promises to provide a thought-provoking insight into data analysis with one of the best in the business.

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