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July 2012

President’s Letter:

I’m proud to start out this newsletter by letting you know that TransPharm Preclinical Solutions has once again received recommendation for accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.

AAALAC accreditation is evaluated every three years, with our recent site visit on July 20th. Programs constantly change, along with the regulations in the use of animals in research. AAALAC’s mission is to ensure that all of these changes are in force and the Program Description for our facility is accurate, complete and adhered to. The continued success of our program is directly related to those individuals on our Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, or IACUC. I would like to personally thank all those individuals.

  • Libby Ziemke, IACUC administrator
  • Marci Peek, Chair
  • Dr. Megan Nowland, attending Veterinarian and Alternate Chair
  • Joanne Zammit, Scientist
  • Dr. Santiago Lopez, Scientist
  • Dan Wymer, Non-Scientist
  • Dr. Jim Mobley, Alternate scientist

Adhering to these global standards is what lead to our success three years ago. This continued recommendation for accreditation bodes well for our continued success.
To learn more about AAALAC International please visit:

Towards our commitment for high quality research, four individuals here at TransPharm have recently taken their respective level of certification through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. AALAS offers these nationwide board exams after certain criteria is met by the individual taking the exam. I would like to congratulate:

  • Heidi Richardson, ALAT level
  • Marci Peek, LAT level
  • Libby Ziemke, LATG level
  • Lisa Lazaroff, LATG level

To learn more about AALAS please visit


Clostridium difficile murine model

In an effort to provide our clients with the most robust and effective murine models of infection, TransPharm has adopted a new bacterial spore preparation for our C. difficile-associated disease model. This improved protocol has been thoroughly validated and rigorously compared to our previous procedure. It has surpassed TransPharm’s high standard of scientific excellence (Figures 1-3), much to the satisfaction of our valued clients with whom we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating.

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So, if your group is in the market for a murine model of C. difficile-associated disease (or any other infectious disease model), there’s no better time to talk with us! Don’t forget – PK studies are also available here at TransPharm.

Dr. Santiago R. Lopez
Director of Research

ICAAC 2012

TransPharm will be in attendance at the 2012 ICAAC conference in San Francisco this year taking place September 9th – 12th. There have been many positive changes within TransPharm since the 2011 ICAAC in Chicago, including new animal models, management and additions to our scientific team. Our new Director of Research, Dr. Santiago Lopez will be joining us in San Francisco. Please stop by booth #1014 and welcome him to his first ICAAC.

As always, please feel free to contact us:
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Our toll free INFECT line, 1-888-88-INFECT
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Daniel Ross
President & CEO
TransPharm Preclinical Solutions, LLC