Customized biological products have been developed with ideas and insight from customers and distributors. In fact, I get calls almost every week about customizing a product or knocking off an existing product. So yes products can be customized; however, there are some important factors to consider before you begin the customization process. Additionally, there are several steps that to be taken during the process.
Start with the questions that need to be asked before you start thinking about a customized biological product. There are several factors to consider before starting:
If the potential product is legal, if it can be produced with existing technology, and if it is economically viable, then you can proceed towards customization.
The first step is either a sample, for an existing product, or a conversation about the exact type of product to be created. Typically customers either want a desired effect, such as seed treatment, or they specify a particular microorganism(s) that they are interested in.
A sample can be analyzed for both the active ingredient and the inactive ingredients. With solids or powders, particular attention needs to be paid to the carrier used. This process usually takes 2-3 weeks.
Once a sample has been analyzed, a sample of the new product can be produced. New product costs are also discussed at this point at well as package size, containers and labels. Finally, a production batch size product is manufactured and distributed. From the initial discussion, to the point of having a commercial size production run is usually 6-10 weeks.
Bill Baugh is a product manager for Custom Biologicals, Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of innovative microbial products. You can visit their website at Living-Soils.com and he can be contacted at 561.797.3008 or Bill@Custombio.biz.