Integrated high capacity solid phase extraction-MS/MS system for pharmaceutical profiling in drug discovery
A method is described for use in analysis of samples from pharmaceutical profiling of early drug discovery compounds. The method consists of a high capacity autosampler which injects samples into one of two solid phase extraction columns operated in parallel for alternating trapping, washing and elution into a tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer operated in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) MS/MS mode. A primary method, which is useful for 80–90% of compounds, and a secondary method, which is useful for a majority of the remaining compounds, are described. No analytical HPLC column is used and the analysis rate is approximately 50 samples/h. Specificity is obtained using MRM analysis. Application of the method for high capacity analysis of metabolic stability samples is described.