IVAN – Inspiring a Versatile and Agile NMR Community
MR Resources and Q.One Americas are pleased to continue our sponsorship of IVAN, an international organization now directed towards NMR users of all vendors’ instruments.
The purpose of the IVAN user group is to inspire interactive information exchange through on-line and face-to-face meetings of users. We wish to provide a much-needed home base and platform for meetings, communications and other activities of all NMR owners, managers and users.
IVAN was founded in October 2016 with sponsorship from MR Resources in a meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. Our original purpose was to facilitate communication and on-going technical support for the Varian/Agilent community. In the four years since 2016, we have sponsored a user meeting on the Saturday before each Experimental NMR Conference. MR Resources and IVAN are not affiliated with Agilent Technologies, Inc. and Varian, Inc. in any way.
As we all know, in October 2014 Agilent Technologies Inc, owner of the former NMR division of Varian, Inc., exited the NMR business. In the years since, MR Resources has greatly increased its service and support commitment to Varian/Agilent NMR owners and users and has welcomed many new customers. MR Resources has long been the NMR industries’ ”go-to” for high-quality, reconditioned NMR Systems, repair services and spare parts. More recently, Q.One Americas was founded to offer the new line of Q.One Instruments’ NMR spectrometers and console upgrades, with frequencies from 300 MHz to 600 MHz.
With our March 2020 ENC meeting IVAN expanded its focus to users of all vendors’ equipment with the addition of two workshops of general NMR interest, one about QNMR and the other about Metabolomics. We had a great user meeting, but as we all know, the 2020 ENC was cut short by the COVID travel ban. The fate of future in-person meetings continues to be in doubt.
In the spring of 2020 IVAN began to sponsor on-line meetings through our new ZoomTM platform. The first three Zoom meetings were about our NMR response to the COVID pandemic of 2020. We hope to continue to use this Zoom platform for meetings about a variety of NMR topics both technical and academic.
Membership in IVAN is available to all NMR spectrometer owners and interested users, independent of your service plan or status as a MR Resources customer. There is no charge to become a member or to participate in meetings and activities. MR Resources and Q.One Americas intend their own commercial involvement in the user group to be low key. The success of the IVAN user group depends upon the activities of its members. The role of MR Resources and Q.One Americas is to provide a home for meetings and communication. An email link is available on the membership form to contact us directly with questions about membership.
The on-going objectives for IVAN will be those of its users to enhance the usefulness of their NMR systems, extend the lifetime of the instruments, and to keep them running properly.