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Averica Discovery Services and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Establish Research Collaboration
Date:4/29/2013

WORCESTER, Mass., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Averica Discovery Services, a contract research organization (CRO) with specialized expertise in small molecule analysis and purification, today announced that it has established a research collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  The open-ended agreement allows the two organizations to share their expertise on a variety of projects. 

"WPI's emphasis on real world applications of advanced research fits well with Averica's focus on providing the highest quality analytical services to early stage drug researchers," noted Jeffrey Kiplinger , PhD, president of Averica.  "WPI's expertise in solid state chemistry enhances our strengths as we expand our suite of pre-formulation services, and we intend to develop specific research collaborations that will be fruitful for both organizations.  In Massachusetts we are fortunate to be located near many world class academic institutions, and we anticipate establishing additional collaborations going forward." 

Averica Discovery Services supplies a wide variety of chromatography and analytical services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life sciences researchers.  Averica works with its clients to speed lead optimization and early development timelines and it provides highly pure assay material for programs requiring milligram to kilogram quantities. 

"One factor that sets WPI apart is our commitment to engaging faculty and students in interdisciplinary projects addressing real world issues," said Arne Gericke , John C. Metzger Professor and head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  "Collaborations with innovative companies such as Averica are invaluable for ensuring that our science remains on the cutting edge, while also enabling us to contribute to their growing success."

Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed.

About Averica Discovery Services
Founded in 2007, Averica Discovery Services is a contract research organization with specialized expertise in small molecule analysis and purification.  Averica works with drug discovery and development teams to speed lead optimization and timelines in early development.  Its services include scalable compound supply, chiral resolution, pre-formulation and proprietary services such as Targeted Isolation™.  Averica is located in the heart of the East Coast life sciences corridor, just west of Boston.  For more information, visit: www.avericadiscovery.com.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI was one of the nation's first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. WPI's talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Perspective Program. For more information, visit www.wpi.edu.

 Contacts: CorporateMediaAverica DiscoveryBrandwidth SolutionsJeffrey Kiplinger, PhDBarbara LindheimPresident212 584-2276508-757-4600blindheim@bllbiopartners.com 


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