Anchrom: Propagating HPTLC Adoption through Expert Services

Dilip Charegaonkar, MD, Akshay Charegaonkar, Director,& Rutvika Charegaonkar CFO
Anchrom Team

Owing to its simplicity, flexibility, cost and time effectiveness,Thin-Layer Chromatography(TLC) has been as one of the most prevalent techniques for qualitative and semi-quantitative analysis of substances. Over the years, High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography(HPTLC) has come to be known as the most advanced form of TLC. Helping clients make the most of HPTLC is Anchrom, a bonafide HPTLC specialist. “We aim to make HPTLC the first and most preferred method of analysis in all the markets that we operate in, ”explains Dilip Charegaonkar, MD, Anchrom. The Mumbai-based organization has carved a niche for itself in providing equipment, analysis and training using HPTLC to solve most chemical analysis problems in herbal and other organic samples.

Four Decade Long Legacy
The amalgamation of passion and knowledge often creates wonders; Anchrom’s odyssey is no different. The innovative organization was founded and nurtured by Mr.Dilip Charegaonkar, India’s first R&D analyst. Armed with Masters in Research in Analytical Chemistry, the industry veteran then joined the workforce and amassed industry experience while working
with the Pharmaceutical Co.of India (1974-76)and then Themis Pharma (1976-78). Post this he founded his own venture, Kalpavruksha, along with his brother, which focused on building various import substitutes for the pharma industry. In 1985,Dilip shifted his focus solely on HPTLC and has since transformed Anchrom into a true HPTLC expert.

"Anchrom is known to be India’s only analytical instrument supplier dedicated to one technique,i.e.HPTLC"

Today, Anchrom is known to be India’s only analytical instrument supplier dedicated to one technique, i.e. HPTLC. With an array of unique and quality products in its roster, the company has been dealing in products by industry leaders, Camag, Switzerland and Mitsubishi, Japan, since its very inception. The rich Anchrom legacy is being taken forward by Akshay Charegaonkar, Director, Anchrom, who is armed with relevant education and industry experience from the US.

Keeping Client First,Pre& Post Sales
In order to procure the appropriate make of analytical equipment, Indian government scientists are required to describe product specifications accurately. However,the changing product specifications,Anchrom aids clients in opting for the appropriate configuration and latest specifications. The Anchrom team is well equipped with the technical expertise to help customers overcome analytical issues by providing the most appropriate solution to their needs.

Understanding the criticality of lab support for customers, the forward-looking organization built an applications support lab in 1989, the world’s first Application Lab started by a dealer. Having invested ample effort and money in building a well-equipped facility, the lab has analysed the widest spectrum of samples utilizing HPTLC anywhere in the world. The lab is not only a true testament of Anchrom’s expertise in the subject but also speaks highly of the organization’s post sales commitment towards its clients.

The application laboratory also serves to benefit the nation’s scientific community by training able candidates. Having pioneered Voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility(VCSR), Anchrom renders earn and learn Ph.D. scholarships, research scholarships, free training and subsidized analysis. The organization has been running the world’s space largest running program for free training by an MSME and since 1994 has trained over 4500 Indians. Additionally, the firm’s free sample analysis scheme has analysed over 10,000 samples since 1994.

“All of our achievements between 1978 to 2015 were gained when HP-TLC was not an official method in pharmacopoeias. Now that it is official, we see sky as the limit for further expansion of the Indian market which already has about 500 HP-TLC systems,” adds Akshay. The pioneering organization is gearing towards making HPTLC the procedure of choice for analysis across India and various other developing countries.