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Contract Manufacturing

Contract manufacturing is commonly used in international markets when one company arranges for a company located in a different country to handle the manufacturing process of its products. Other terms for contract manufacturing include international outsourcing and international subcontracting. The company that needs its products manufactured will provide the manufacturing company with the specifications for the product. This type of agreement may also require the company to provide all necessary materials for production.

Business Model

A business model lays out a step-by-step plan of action for profitably operating the business in a specific marketplace. The business model for a restaurant is significantly different from the business model for an online business for instance.To put together a good business model, you need to know the value proposition for the business. A value proposition is a straightforward statement of what a company offers in the form of goods or services that is of value to potential customers or clients, ideally in a way that differentiates the company from its competitors.A business model should also include projected startup costs and sources of financing, the target customer base for the business, marketing strategy, competition, and projections of revenues and expenses. One of the most common mistakes leading to the failure of business startups is a failure to project the necessary expenses to fund the business to the point of profitability, i.e., the point in time when revenues exceed expenses.

Lab Design

The laboratory module is the key unit in any lab facility. When designed correctly, a lab module fully coordinates all architectural and engineering systems. A well-designed modular plan provides the following benefits:
Flexibility. The lab module should encourage change within the building. Research is changing all the time, and buildings must allow for reasonable change. Many private research companies make physical changes to an average of 25 percent of their labs each year. Academic institutions typically change the layout of 5 to 10 percent of their labs annually.
Expansion. Lab planning modules allow the building to adapt easily to expansions or contractions without sacrificing facility functionality.

Equipment Procurement

We establish a foundation for a seamless procurement journey. Strong relationships throughout the equipment industry and deep expertise based on 30 years of procurement allow us to deliver sound guidance on optimal equipment solutions. Our process encompasses detailed flow-charting; exploration and analysis of end-user needs and work processes; life-cycle cost breakdowns; user feedback; budget management; mechanical, electrical, plumbing coordination; equipment coordination and installation; and much more. Built into each procurement strategy are oversight and recovery plans that anticipate the common pitfalls and vulnerabilities that often crop up during equipment procurement projects. It’s about troubleshooting long BEFORE there’s a hint of a problem.

Standard Opearting Procedure

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) incorporating safety and health considerations must be developed and followed when laboratory work involves the use of hazardous chemicals, especially “particularly hazardous substances.” SOPs are written instructions that detail the steps to be performed during a given experimental procedure and include information about potential hazards and how these hazards will be mitigated. SOPs should be written by laboratory personnel who are most knowledgeable and involved with the experimental process.

Consider the following information when developing an SOP:Type, quantity, and nature of the chemical used. Note that the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) lists important information regarding potential hazards that will need to be considered, such as toxicity, flammability, reactivity, warning properties, and symptoms of exposure. Location of use, including fume hood or other containment devices. Include specifically-designated work area for "particularly hazardous substances." Process details. Available safety equipment, including personal protective equipment. Waste collection, storage, and disposal requirements. Decontamination procedures.

Manufacturing Efficiency

The quality control (QC) laboratory, in both the R&D and operations environments, is a key element of the supply chain and has a significant impact on lead times, affecting speed of drug development and overall site manufacturing performance. Let us work with you develop strong fundamental, and highly efficent goals to developing faster turn-around times and less overhead costs.

Custom Terpene Formulations

For strain specific formulations we first run a terpene and cannabinoid test in our in-house laboratory so we can see what compounds are present in a specific strain. This tells us the ingredients that we need to use to replicate the same aromas and taste in our final product. We can also reproduce formulations that a customer has already developed following ratios, enhance it or make it better on request. The idea is to interpret the request of a customer and convert them into aromas, flavors and effects. To be able to do that we have and amazing library of compounds like terpenes, distillate oils, live resins, etc that allow us to create those custom formulations

Staff Training and Oversight

Training to keep staff updated on the skills needed to meet business demands, address changing industry trends, and use new technologies is a mission-critical component of any lab-based organization. Lab managers can get the most out of training programs by being proactive in identifying relevant training needs, leveraging networks of training experts, and fostering a culture of continuous learning. This article features advice from three training experts on best practices for the effective design and implementation of training programs, including how to promote knowledge transfer back to the lab bench.

Labs Developed or Sub-Contracted (Oct 2018)

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