Established as an initiative under the State Governments Northern Economic Plan, the SBDF
is available exclusively to small businesses and start-ups in the Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield and Salisbury council areas.
IFC's convertible financing of 60 million Guyana dollars (US$300,000 equivalent) will allow SBDF to more than triple its client base and expand from 540 to 2,000 loans a year.
Manjula Brijmohan, Managing Director, said the SBDF provides financing and technical support for individuals without access to the formal financial sector, including street vendors, small rice farmers, women, and shop owners.
Nonstandard abbreviations: tHcy, total homocysteine; CAD, coronary artery disease; FD, fluorescent detection; ED, electrochemical detection; FPIA, fluorescence polarization immunoassay; GC-MS, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; LC-MS/MS, liquid chromatography-electrospray tandem mass spectrometry; PML, post-methionine load; TBP, tributylphosphine; TCEP, tris-2-carboxyethylphosphine; SBDF
, ammonium 7-fluoro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole-4-sulfonate; and MBrB, monobromobimane.
HPLC methods based on SBDF
derivatization seem to be the most popular; data from the European Quality Assessment Scheme for Special Assays in Serum and Urine indicate that 38 of 90 participating laboratories used derivatization with SBDF
to measure serum tHcy concentrations (10).