The Department of Biological Sciences and Clinical Trial Unit, National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi, Pakistan in collaboration with Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and industrial partners, organized a 3-Day Hands-on Training Workshop on HPLC Method Development and Validation on 22 to 24 August, 2022. The workshop was sponsored by NEOTECH International and KAMSTAC International and NUMS. 

HPLC is one of the key analytical instrument which is extensively used in industry, academia and research intensive organization due to its efficiency to separate, identify and quantify a range of bioanalytes. Every routine or new chemical analysis by HPLC requires a method to be developed and then validated in order to meet the quality assurance and regulatory requirements of drugs and bio products. This workshop was designed for early and mid-career candidates on how to design and validate an HPLC analysis method, analyze the data, and troubleshoot any problems that arise during analysis.

Many candidates from all over Pakistan desired to participate, but only 25 were selected to attend the workshop based on their academic and professional relevance to the workshop. The candidates who attended the workshop were from Army Medical College (AMC), Rawalpindi, National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Islamabad, Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pharmaceutical Industries; and MS and PhD candidates from different universities of Pakistan.

Experts in bioseparation sciences were invited as guest speakers from different organizations, including Dr. Mahvash Ansari, from the National Control Laboratory for Biologics, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, Mr. Khalid Ghaffar from Waters International Dubai, Mr. Rizwan Ali from Ferozsons Laboratories, Mr. Almas Jaffer from KAMSTAC International and Ms. Ummul Wara from NEOTECH International.

The Chief Organizer and Master Trainers of the workshop Dr. Aman Karim, Associate Professor DBS, NUMS and Dr. M. Asghar Khan, Senior Scientific Officer, Clinical Trial Unit, NUMS gave presentations and conducted the lab session along with Mr. Almas Jaffer and Mr. Usama Abbasi.

At the opening ceremony, the Head of NUMS Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. M. Jawad Hassan, welcomed the participants and presented an overview of NUMS Teaching, Research, and Industrial Linkages. The Dean of Multi-Disciplinary Sciences, Prof. Aisha Mohyuddin, while addressing the participants, encouraged participants to get actively involved in all the sessions, particularly the practical sessions.

At the end of the three-day workshop, Dr. Muhammad Jawad, Head of NDBS, presented certificates to the workshop participants and souvenirs to the guest speakers and to our special guests, Mr. Amjad and Mrs. Hira Amjad, CEO of NEOTECH INT. Mr. Amjad while giving his remarks, congratulated the organizers for successfully completing the workshop and extended his support to the participants regarding various lab solutions his company can offer to their institutions.   The souvenir and certificate of appreciation on behalf of CEO KAMSTAC INT was received by Mr. Almas Jaffer. Finally, Dr. Asghar Khan in his concluding remarks, thanked the sponsors support, guest speakers, participants, DBS Event Committee and all those who facilitated voluntarily for making the event successful. He specially thanked the NUMS Directorates of Public Affairs, Admin, Event Management, and DT for their help in organizing the workshop.