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Monthly Archives: September 2012

3009, 2012

The Right Pharmaceutical Testing Laboratory Can Help To Solve Your Complex Pharma Problem

September 30th, 2012|Blog|

 

From helping with a pharmaceutical or supplements product development to navigating the FDA approval process, the right pharmaceutical testing laboratory can help solve your complex analytical needs.  When larger drug developers and manufactures want to venture into something outside of their usual focus or smaller supplement manufactures want to solve a problem without investing unnecessary resources into in to expanding their in-house laboratory for a temporary or unusual problem, many turn to contract analytical laboratories.
 
These Pharmaceutical testing laboratories can assist with a drug products method development and validation, competitor product analysis at a chemical level, identify a contamination or unknown material and determine a solution to removing it, determine a chemicals characterization, preform extractable & leachable testing, and determine a pharmaceuticals shelf life or product stability.
 
Many of these laboratories will work closely with your staff in order to determine a solution to your needs in a fast and reliable way.  Their ability to perform batch-to-batch testing and other quality control services makes them a very reliable and beneficial relationship to develop in order to identify and solve problems before they become a larger issue.  Their product development services also allow them to fill in any holes in your current product innovation and development abilities.
 
About Avomeen:
Avomeen Analytical Services is a FDA-Registered and cGMP-Compliant contract analytical laboratory located in Ann Arbor, MI.  Its nationwide laboratory specializes in solving complex analytical problems, material testing & identification, quality control, and product development services.
2409, 2012

Why Use A Cosmetic Testing Laboratory for your Cosmetics Formulation?

September 24th, 2012|Blog|

While many entrepreneurs and small business owners that dream of entering the cosmetic industry have a good understanding of what ingredients can produce the many different shades of colors and properties that they would like to achieve, like anti-aging and advanced moisturizing, many do not know how to turn their idea into reality.

Cosmetic products can be surprisingly complicated for many individuals due to how the chemical properties in surfactants and other ingredient react with each other.  During a cosmetics formulation knowing which stabilizers will work with your recipe as well as how much and when to add them can also create new problems that will need to be solved. 

Cosmetic formulation laboratories can help to develop and refine your cosmetic products chemical composition which will allow you to create a safe, high quality, and stable product allowing you to get your product on the shelf faster than you may have thought possible.

Some modern analytical laboratories also provide chemical reverse engineering services.  They can take samples from the current cosmetic products that you would like your product to be similar to, and provide you with the ingredients and recipe on how to make it yourself.  Many manufactures use these services to identify what gives their competitor’s product that extra shine, faster drying time, or longer lasting look and use this knowledge to transfer these properties into their own product. 

Cosmetic manufactures often use deformulation and reformulation services in order to take a traditional cosmetic product on the shelf today and reformulate it in an eco-friendly way.  This process results in a new and improved all natural version of the original sample and is increasing in popularity due to consumer shifts towards purchasing natural and organic products.

About Avomeen:
Avomeen Analytical Services cosmetic laboratory is an independent contract laboratory located in Ann Arbor, MI.  Its advanced cosmetic testing laboratory specializes in solving complex analytical problems and product development services.
2109, 2012

What Tough Problems do Food Laboratories Solve for Manufactures?

September 21st, 2012|Blog|


Food Laboratories can perform custom testing for entrepreneurs and manufacturers looking for product development and quality control services for their food or beverage products.  Using a variety of analytical instruments and techniques, they are able to detect ingredients in a food or beverage formulation down to the parts per million or even parts per billion levels.  Some laboratories offer a variety of food and beverage testing services:

Food shelf life testing helps to identify how long a food or beverage product can last in a variety of temperature and humidity conditions before being consumed. This type of testing can also be used to find specifically what in a product may be causing it to go bad earlier than intended and identify ways to prolong the shelf life of a product.

Food packaging extractable and leachable testing – also known as food contact material analysis – is performed on the storage or packaging items that a food or beverage comes into contact with.  Not all food packaging materials are appropriate for all types of food storage, especially if your food or beverage is intended to be chilled or heated inside of its packaging. Extractable and leachable testing needs to be performed to make sure that toxic materials or chemicals do not leach out of the packaging.  This is a popular test when testing the safety of packaging materials.

Gluten and other food allergen testing is something that should be taken seriously by all food and beverage manufactures.  Avoiding this type of testing can have disastrous outcomes if a customer with severe allergies consumes an improperly labeled product that does not specifically identify that it contains an allergen.

Food safety and regulatory testing preformed in an analytical food laboratory can find harmful contaminants within a product like heavy metals and a variety of other particles that may cause safety concerns.  This type of testing can also help gain FDA, government, or industrial bodies that regulate the food and beverage industry’s approval for marketing and sale.

Nutrition label analysis is a routine testing that identifies and quantitates nutritional items within a food or beverage formulation.  This is more of a routine test and labels the content of materials like vitamins, calories, protein, fat, etc.

Food quality control testing is typically used as a preemptive step in preventing product failure problems down the road and often involves occasional or regular batch-to-batch variation testing.  This batch-to-batch testing takes a sample of the product typically on a weekly or monthly basis and analyses it to make sure that the product is not unintentionally varying over time, contaminated, or identifying other potential problems before they grow or the product is distributed. This helps eliminate problems faster and can identify if your raw material supplier is changing quality levels of their product. 

If this type of testing has not been being performed and you are facing a potential product recall or lawsuit, it can be used to hold future shipments temporarily, contact your distribution network, inform customers, test multiple batches, and to find the cause of the problem and develop a solution fast.  A non-routine independent testing laboratory that offers customized rush services and performs food analysis’s frequently is probably your best bet for reliable and speedy results.  Some of these laboratories also offer Food Litigation Support.  This kind of support can give you experienced expert witnesses and access to many types of detailed product analysis that you will need.

Food Failure analysis is typically very investigative and detailed work.  Typical questions solved by this type of testing usually involve finding the reasons behind an off-odor, off-color, a reduced shelf life, or identifying unknown contaminants, or a range of other problems.

About Avomeen:
Avomeen Analytical Services analytical testing laboratory is in Ann Arbor, MI.  Its nationwide food testing laboratory that specializes in solving difficult analytical questions, quality control, failure analysis, litigation support, and product development services.  Call today for a free consultation at (800) 930-5450 or request a quote online.
1809, 2012

What Is Formulation Services?

September 18th, 2012|Blog|

Formulation services are essentially another name for product development services.  The term is relevant in the industry, often being used by pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, but can apply to the development of everything from new types of electrolytes in batteries to cleaning supplies. 
During product formulation, an entrepreneur or manufacturer’s initial ideas are transformed into a finished product.  Research is done to identify the best active ingredients to accomplish the end goal and how to put those active ingredients into a form that is safe, usable, and is stable over time.
Often times formulation services are paired with deformulation services.  Deformulation essentially is product reverse engineering.  A company that performs these services will be able to identify a products major, minor, and active ingredient as well as quantify them within the product. Many companies like to know exactly what active ingredients and additives give their competitor’s product that extra boost in performance before they begin their own product design and development.

This technique also helps to save time and costs during the product development stages by taking advantage of past research put into current products.  It is important to make sure that while you can use this data as a good base, that you have variations made to the products formulation to make the product truly your own.

Synonyms for “formulation” include:
·         Preparation
·         Product Development
·         Generation
·         Composition
·         Conceptualization
·         Product Design
·         Formula Development
·         Formation
Opposite to “Formulation”:
·         Reverse Engineering
·         Deformulation
About Avomeen:
Avomeen Analytical Services laboratory is located in Ann Arbor, MI.  Avomeen’s custom testing laboratory contains experts at formulating a range of products. Call (800) 930-5450 for more information or click here for an online quote.
1709, 2012

Marketing and New Product Development

September 17th, 2012|New Product Development|

 

 

Strategic planning and marketing is considered one of the most important elements of new product development because they often determine the success of a new product or service.
Targeting the Audience
Competition in today’s marketplace is fierce, and therefore companies no longer develop products and services without first having a distinct audience in mind. Often, before products even become a valid concept, businesses first determine what their target market will be and analyze how it may sell at different price points. The process involves extensive market research with regard to demographics, locations, and other factors that help the development team choose the product or service ideas that will be successful.
Defining the Need
After the target audience is found, marketers need to discover which products and services can meet the needs of that audience. Even the most visually appealing marketing materials and inventive TV commercials will not sell products that no one identifies with enough to perceive why they might need it. Marketing professionals must provide expert input about what the target market requires.
Differentiating a Product
Marketing teams typically research similar products and services offered by competitors to determine how to market them in unique ways. If a product can only be marketed in the same way as another generic product, there is no direction for the marketing campaign; however, when new products can be differentiated, for example, by how they are used or a more affordable price point, the development and marketing teams gain specific goals to reach.
Determining the Timing
Products and services that were particularly marketable just a few years ago may not be relevant any longer. It isn’t practical to consider products that people are no longer interested in, unless they can be reinvented and adapted. It is always crucial to consider factors such as the seasons, economic recessions, and other circumstances that can clarify the need that will determine a product’s success. Not all timing factors may be foreseen, but many are predictable.
Everything from the concept to actually meeting customer need is an integral part of new product development. With the correct research and strategy, products and services will be successful from inception through to their integration into the marketplace.