Welcome to Alturas Analytics
Founded in 2000, Alturas Analytics was launched by a core team of bioanalytical experts driven to create a premier contract research organization (CRO) focused on HPLC-MS/MS bioanalysis. The team made a commitment to unmatched quality science, excellent customer service, and private ownership that is still upheld today.
Laboratory Director, Dr. Shane Needham, provided the business with LC-MS/MS bioanalytical expertise. A former scientist at Pfizer, Dr. Needham acquired extensive experience with the first mass spectrometer in the industry sold by AB Sciex, and has continually demonstrated a propensity to push the boundaries of bioanalytical methods and applications in the realms of chromatography and mass spectrometry.
President, Robin Woods, contributed to the genesis and continued success of two environmental testing laboratories in the past, and agreed to provide her extensive experience and business acumen to the Alturas Analytics, Inc. venture. With an appointment to the Idaho Economic Advisory Council which advises the governor and Department of Commerce on economic development policy, member of the Higher Education Research Council, and member of the Idaho State Board of Education, Robin has broad foundational experience to lead the business through sustained growth.
Alturas is a privately owned company, and as such, enjoys the freedom to focus on fostering strong and lasting relationships with sponsors while retaining the flexibility needed to accommodate unique needs as they arise. From scientific operations to quality assurance, the Alturas staff has the skills and experience to adapt to changing timelines and rapid turnarounds for sample analysis and data delivery.
With an increase in the development of highly specific and targeted drugs, Alturas is prepared to address the demand with the latest technology teamed with knowledge and experience. All of this in an innovative, purpose-built laboratory facility situated in idyllic Moscow, Idaho, USA.
The pacific northwest affords many luxuries and a quality of life that is hard to come by elsewhere, and close proximity to two major research universities, major highways and interstate thoroughfares in combination with two local, dedicated airports keep Alturas well connected to the rest of the world. Alturas enjoys working with a diverse clientele, ranging from virtual startups to many of the most dominant pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturers in the world.
Alturas has a long-standing dedication to intensive research and reserves resources for the development of new bioanalytical applications and technologies, publications, presentations, and conference attendance. Among other past contributions to industry research, Alturas pioneered technology for use with bioanalytically challenging translucent fluids extracted from spotted cards. Alturas continues to lead the industry into the future.
Commitment to excellence in all things is reflected in those that have joined the Alturas ranks over the years, and this combined vision and dedication to providing the best service possible yields strong, well-managed growth that will continue into the future.
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meet our team
Our research intensive team continues to lead the industry in bioanalytical support of early drug discovery, toxicology and clinical studies while building relationships with our clients through the outstanding customer service that they have come to expect.
Chad ChristiansonSenior Scientist
As a senior scientist at Alturas Analytics, Inc. Chad’s primary focus is LC-MS/MS method development, validation and sample analysis for...Read more
Robin became a cofounder of Alturas Analytics, Inc. in 2000. As president, Robin manages the business operations side of Alturas Analytics as...Read more
Bo ChengIT Manager
Bo oversees all of Alturas Analytics IT operations. Bo ensures that data is stored, transferred and archived safely and securely to keep your information safe. Read more
Shane R. NeedhamChief Scientific Officer
Dr. Needham has over 20 years of LC/MS and analytical lab experience in the drug discovery through drug development stage in... Read more
Jennifer ZimmerExecutive Laboratory Manager
Dr. Zimmer is responsible for the overall operations of the Alturas Analytics laboratory. She oversees the generation of quality assays, data and reports as...Read more
Shane R. Needham
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Shane Needham received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Washington State University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Needham is Co… Read more
Robin graduated with a B.S. in biology and genetics from Washington State University. After helping to start two successful environmental testing laboratories, Robin beca… Read more
Ann M. Hoffman
Director of Business Development
Ms. Hoffman has a history of over 25 years in the bioanalytical CRO and applied life sciences industries from both the scientific and business perspectives. The primary o… Read more
Executive Laboratory Manager
Dr. Jennifer Zimmer received her B.A. degree in English and Zoology from the University of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Colorado Health Scie… Read more
Bo is the IT Manager at Alturas Analytics, Inc. As modern instruments rely heavily on computers and IT technologies to acquire, process, and store data, it is vitally imp… Read more
David L. Schumacher, RQAP-GLP
Quality Assurance Manager
Dave Schumacher, RQAP-GLP since 2004, is an experienced Quality Assurance Professional in FDA regulated environments and auditor in numerous analytical techniques. His em… Read more