“Alessandro Bertinaria” Regional Anti-Doping Center focuses its attention on applied analysis and research into the use of drugs of abuse, doping substances, alcohol and, more recently, the detection of new psychoactive substances (NPS). The center uses mass spectrometry to detect a wide range of prohibited substances that impact the integrity of sports and public health.
Typically we analyze around 20,000 samples per year for substances such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin and other drugs. It is likely that each drug class will have different makers.
SCIEX Triple Quad™ and QTRAP® systems are perfect for giving the sensitivity and specificity needed for ISO 17025-accredited, qualitative and quantitative screening methods. The recent acquisition of the X500R QTOF system is integral to the ongoing research, to use its high resolution capabilities, and SWATH® Acquisition helps us to collect and store data for every detectable analyte in a sample, meaning we can retrospectively analyze data at a later date.
The facility has really been boosted by the X500R QTOF system, and the support and technical assistance received from SCIEX is fantastic.