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CU Anschtuz Medical Campus Start-up Takes the Guess Work out of Drug Use
Date:9/16/2013

Aurora, Colorado (PRWEB) September 16, 2013

The low-slung brick building at the far east end of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus doesn’t offer any hint about the work going on within: a unique private-public collaboration intent on bringing revenue measured in the millions—even billions—back to the university.

The building houses the iC42 laboratory, with three mass spectrometers churning out results that lab Co-Director Jeffrey Galinkin, MD, calls “a game-changer in the field.”

But there would not have even been a game had it not been for:

  • Drug-abusing bicyclists on the world's most prestigious racing circuit;
  • A chance conversation between two Colorado neighbors; and
  • A super-angel investor who did research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1980s.

As director of the Sports Performance Laboratory at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Iñigo San Millán, PhD, trains some of the world’s most elite athletes, including Tour de France podium finishers. In today’s competitive sports environment, he also endeavors to ensure the athletes are not exposed to performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Accidental exposure to PEDs in food and nutritional supplements has ended the careers of many athletes. San Millán requires certainty that his athletes’ food and nutritional supplements were clean. Traditional screening can only check for five or six drugs; to test for 120 illegal substances means 20 separate tests, with additional follow-up tests to recheck inconclusive results—a difficult, expensive and time-consuming proposition.

In April 2010, Jose Melendez, MD, and Uwe Christians, MD, PhD, heard about San Millán’s predicament and believed their lab, iC42, had the answer: a mass spectrometer that could test for more than 100 drugs at a time with complete accuracy—a test as sensi
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