The following is a throwback to last year when our team visited Mauritius.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean is a jewel of an Island called Mauritius. SANBio Secretariat and the BioFISA II BPU made a visit to this small country in October 2015, but not for obvious reasons. The visit was for neither the warm climate nor the pristine beaches -- the weather was not particularly remarkable at the time of the visit and there was no time to visit the beach, either – but rather to discover what the country has to offer in terms of biosciences, as well as analytical expertise and services.
One of the many discoveries included a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary laboratory called QuantiLAB Ltd.
QuantiLAB has its roots back in 1986 as an internal laboratory for the Mauritius Turf Club to provide the function of a dedicated toxicology laboratory in the field of equine doping control. In 2008 they became the first laboratory in Mauritius to obtain ISO 17025 Accreditation in this field and continued to build a strong reputation as a competent analytical laboratory. As part of the international community involved in doping control for equine sports, they were often charged with the analytical challenge of detecting and quantifying brand new molecules that could be potentially abused in the horse racing industry.
In March 2014 the internal laboratory department became an independent entity and was incorporated as QuantiLAB Ltd, with the goal to diversify its activities into the food safety and environmental industries.
QuantiLAB today has 4 main technical departments, namely Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Support. These 4 departments cover a wide range of analyses for food, water, air and soil as well as the support section being responsible for a small pharmaceutical quality control laboratory.
At the Head of QuantiLAB is Mr. Bertrand Baudot, who has been appointed as member of the Advisory Council of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities and was Chairman of the 2014 ICRAV conference hosted in Mauritius. He holds a “Diplome D’ingenieur” and DEA from France and boasts many years of experience in complex organic chemistry.
His management team has been hand-picked and is made up of experts which each bring their own varied experience in different analytical applications together to create a rich base of expertise at QuantiLAB.
QuantiLAB has recently extended its scope for ISO 17025 by 121 parameters proving their determination to be at the forefront of analytical services.
As well as providing analytical services, QuantiLAB works in collaboration with a variety of research organizations on projects for Research & Development. An example of this kind of partnership is its agreement with Cyclotron Réunion Océan Indien (CYROI) based in Reunion Island, which is a colony belonging to France.
QuantiLAB boasts a large variety of the latest technology in organic and inorganic chemistry as well as a strong team with the understanding of their varied applications. As such, QuantiLAB is an example of the considerable expertise to be found within the SADC; there often is no need to look further overseas for excellent and reputable service providers.