Microscopy for the Pharmaceutical Laboratory

As we prepare for the annual American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Conference (AAPS), we would like to discuss ways in which we can help you with all of your pharmaceutical microscopy needs. The McCrone Group is dedicated to providing analysis, instrumentation, and training for pharmaceutical scientists.


McCrone Associates, our ISO 17025 analytical laboratory, uses a variety of techniques, including FTIR, GC/MS, scanning electron microscopy, and XRD (just to name a few), to identify contaminants, characterize materials, study glass delamination and analyze packaging defects. Since a correlation exists between the bottom line of an organization and the presence of contaminants, the more quickly the problem can be solved, the better! Our team of scientists will evaluate your problem, continue with on-site inspections, analyze your sample, and coordinate additional services. We provide fast turn-around times, confidential consultation and reliable results.

Glass delamination flakes on filter observed using using coaxial illumination.


Pharmaceutical scientists utilize a variety of microscopes and McCrone Microscopes & Accessories can provide a wide range of solutions. We offer stereomicroscopes for gross inspection, thermal microscopes for research, and advanced scanning electron microscopes for complete analysis. Check out this article on the benefits of having a benchtop SEM in your pharmaceutical laboratory. You can also send us your samples so we can show you how these instruments can streamline your workflow.

Ruben Nieblas of McCrone Microscopes & Accessories demonstrates a Freeze Dry System.


At Hooke College of Applied Sciences we offer a variety of training courses for the pharmaceutical scientist:

  • Our upcoming sample preparation course will teach you the skills to prepare a multitude of samples for a number of different analyses.
  • In our popular Freeze-Drying Course, we have partnered with industry leaders including Baxter, Millrock, Mettler Toledo, Arizona Instruments and Linkam Scientific to teach you everything you need to know about formulation development and lyophilization.
  • Can’t come to our facility for a course? Then we will come to you! We can design a custom course specific to your organization and needs.
Preparing a sample.

Please see us at booth #2913 during AAPS 2017 from November 12-16, and we can show you the exciting solutions we have for your pharmaceutical microscopy laboratory.


Olivia Pearson

I appreciate how you mentioned that microscopes are essential for identifying contaminants. I think this is a reason it's essential that microscopes be maintained and cleaned consistently, so that they can continue to effectively identify potential hazards or bacteria before they become serious.

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