Dear CACA Members and Chromatography Colleagues,

The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) will host a networking dinner event and a career development workshop at Pittcon 2018 (February 26 – March 1, 2018) in Orlando, Florida.

The dinner event will be held on Tuesday (6:00 -9:00 pm, Feb 27) at Embassy Suites (8250 Jamaican Court, Orlando, FL 32819). The Embassy Suites is accessible by the Pittcon Shuttle Bus from the Orange County Conference Center or a 20-min walk North on the International Drive. CACA will present several awards at the dinner event:

  • A 2018 CACA Young Investigator Award to Dr. Tao Chen of Genentech
  • Two 2018 CACA Student Excellence Awards to Mr. Bifan Chen and Mr. Zhengwei (Tony) Chen, both from University of Wisconsin.

The 2018 CACA Student Excellence Awards this year are sponsored by Mac-Mod Analytical.

Our invited speaker will be Professor Weihong Tan of the University of Florida and Hunan University. He will present a 25-min speech on “Chemists in the era of molecular medicine.”

The career development workshop on “How to be successful in your career” is scheduled on Monday morning (February 26th) from 8:30 AM to 11:20 AM in Room 309AB at the Orange County Conference Center. The invited speakers are Dr. Kelly Zhang of Genentech, Dr. Judson Haynes of P & G, Dr. Ron Major of ChromPrep, Dr. Mike Lee of Milestone Development Services, and Dr. Naidong Weng of Johnson and Johnson.

The detailed agenda for the networking dinner will be posted on the CACA website at as well as broadcasted as LinkedIn posts. CACA will subsidize >50% of the dinner cost for students and unemployed attendees. If you are interested in participating in our dinner event, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or prepay to secure your seat from the QR code in the flyer or the CACA website (preferred).

See you in Orlando!
CACA Executive Committee


Announcement of the Winners for the 2018 CACA Young Investigator Award
and Student Excellence Awards (2)

Dr. Tao Chen, a scientist at Genentech, Small Molecule Analytical Chemistry and QC, has been selected to be the winner of 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA). This award is awarded annually to an outstanding scientist who has made exceptional contributions to the development of separation science and its applications. Dr. Chen obtained a B.S. from Wuhan University in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2013 from University of Florida under Prof. Weihong Tan. Dr. Chen has 40+ journal articles, 4 book chapters, 1 patent, and numerous awards.

Mr. Bifan Chen and Mr. Tony Chen have been named winners of 2018 CACA Student Excellence Awards. Both are Ph.D. candidates from University of Wisconsin, Madison, under the mentorships of Professors Ying Ge and Lingjun Li, respectively. Bifan’s research is on top-down proteomics, HIC/MS and mAbs analysis, while Tony’s research focuses on glycan analysis, HILIC and LC/MS. The Student Excellence Awards, sponsored by MAC-MOD Analytical in 2018, recognize outstanding graduate students who contribute to the development of separation science and its applications.

The selection process is based on research accomplishments and innovations, number of publications and impact, and the recommendations from mentors, supervisors and other scientists. The CACA award selection committee is chaired by Dr. Perry Wang of the US FDA, and consists of four other CACA board members: Dr. Michael Ye of Millipore Sigma/Supelco, Prof. He Yi of City U. New York, John Jay College, Dr. Chuping Luo of Advanced Materials Technology (AMT), and Dr. Michael Dong of MWD Consulting.

All three awards (plaque and cash award) will be presented at CACA annual dinner event at Pittcon Orlando on February 27 at Embassy Suites Jamaican Court, 6-9 pm.

CACA is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote networking and career development for its members. CACA hosts frequent webinars and dinner events at Pittcon and HPLC Conferences to provide forums for sharing technical information in separation sciences and the development of cooperative relationships. Additional information is available at

陈桃博士 Dr. Tao Chen

陈正为 Mr. Tony Chen
(U. Wisconsin, Madison)

陈弼凡 Mr. Bifan Chen
(U. Wisconsin, Madison)

Upcoming CACA joint webinar with Sciex:

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Why you need intact protein quantification in biologics discovery and development
  • How to get sensitive, accurate and reliable intact protein quantification results
  • What you can learn from intact protein quantification results

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Unraveling the Structure of a Monoclonal Antibody

Join us for a webinar on Jul 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.

Register now!

Barry E Boyes


Barry E. Boyes, Ph.D.

Director of Bioscience Products
Advanced Materials Technology, Inc.

In this seminar, the focus will be on the HPLC / UHPLC characterization of biomolecules including: proteins, peptides, and glycosylation variants from a monoclonal antibody. A full review of a top-down and bottom-up approach to the analysis of trastuzumab will be explored.

This presentation will demonstrate how ultrahigh resolution LC-MS analysis of complex biomolecule mixtures can be achieved using conditions that permit excellent separations and analysis, including the use of new fused-core HPLC and UHPLC columns specifically designed for protein analysis. In addition, the consideration of novel mobile phase selection and conditions that favor high performance mass spectral analyses will also be discussed.

Specifically, we will discuss:

• Top-down and bottom-up reversed-phase LC–MS separations of trastuzumab
• The use of new fused-core HPLC and UHPLC columns designed for bio separations.
• Novel mobile phase selection for LC–MS analysis of monoclonal antibodies
• Separations for the analysis of glycosylation variants of monoclonal antibodies

Key Learning Objectives:

• How to characterize a monoclonal antibody with reversed-phase LC–MS and LC-UV separations
• How to utilize novel mobile phase conditions for improved mass spectral analysis of bio-separations
• Learn an optimized workflow for sample work-up and separation of glycosylation variants of monoclonal antibodies

Who Should Attend:

• Method developers for UHPLC and HPLC methods in biotech, biopharma, core laboratories and university research laboratories
• Method developers analyzing large biomolecules
• Method developers analyzing glycans or glycosylation variants of monoclonal antibodies
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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Call for Nominations for CACA Young Investigator Award

The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) invites nominations for a 2016 CACA Young Investigator Award. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of separation science and its applications, especially in the field of chromatography. The Award will be presented at the Pittcon Conference & Expo 2016 to be held in March 6 – 10, 2016, in Atlanta, GA, USA. The awardee will give a presentation in a CACA workshop at Pittcon 2016. An honorarium and travel expenses are included with the award.


The CACA Young Investigator Award is open to all CACA members who are within 10 years of receiving their highest degree at the time of the award session.

* To register as a member by joining the CACA group on LinkedIn: There is no membership fee.


Application packages will be evaluated by the CACA Awards committee. The applicants are judged on the originality and overall quality of work, significance to the advancement of separation science and other supporting factors. Measures of the impact of the work include publications, presentations, patents, and leadership roles at their research fields or place of business.

Application package:

An application package must consist of the following items,

1) A cover letter summarizing the applicant’s contribution to the field of separation science.
2) A resume including contact information, academic credentials, work experience, and publication list of the nominee.
3) A maximum of three supporting letters from individuals in the field.
4) A headshot photo.

The candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by any separation science experts in the field. The deadline for the 2016 CACA Award nomination is Dec. 31, 2015. The awardee will be selected by the CACA Awards committee and notified by Jan. 31, 2016. Details of CACA and its free membership are listed at

Please send the nomination materials electronically (single PDF file is preferred) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..