Remember in school when the math teacher gave you a problem to solve, and how you felt when your answer matched the one in the back of the textbook? Didn’t it feel great knowing you solved the problem correctly?

Validating the answer to grade school math problems carries the same concept as validating analytical methods. When scientists validate an analytical method, they need to show that it correctly measures the metric they’re testing for. To effectively do so, first they need to identify a product with existing results for the test they’re running as a control. Then, once the results from the test come in, they can verify that their results match the known answer, just like in school when you could check if your answer matched the one in the back of the textbook. Continue Reading

Mérieux NutriSciences renamed its North American flagship laboratory in Crete, IL, the Dr. John H. Silliker Solution Center in honor of the late founder of Silliker Laboratories. The special rededication was held on the opening day of 2015 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo. Mérieux NutriSciences acquired Silliker Laboratories in 1997. Dr. Silliker, 92, died in March of this year following a lifetime of distinguished service to food science. Continue Reading