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Happy 20th Anniversary to Us: A Business Parable


Twenty years is a significant milestone, particularly for a specialized, independently owned business like Alkemist Labs, so of course I’ve been thinking about where we started, how history has shaped our company, and where we are headed. The name Sudberg is said to be derived from the word Südberger, which roughly means South Mountain Herder.

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Scientists Collaborate to Make Science Better


Since the inception of Alkemist Labs ~7,117 days ago, we have ridden the wake of an industry inflection point where a serious adulteration of Plantago sp. with Digitalis sp. woke up the FDA and shook the industry world wide. FDA responded by offering instructions on the foundations of plant ID (Botanical Microscopy) and HPTLC, and

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Build Testing Methods Into Your Formula


Ever since General Schneiderman’s flawed but effective attack on our industry, finished products have been under more scrutiny than ever before. As a lab that offers a wide variety of finished product testing we have co-experienced several FDA 483 notices received by our clients who chose not to invest in custom testing for custom products.

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Industry Collaborates on Adulterated St. John’s Wort Investigation, Proposes Enhancements to Authentication Scheme


Alkemist Labs Founder Co-Authors Study in Journal of AOAC International with CAMAG, USP, Arizona Nutritional Supplements and AHPA Costa Mesa, CA (September 13, 2016) – Sidney Sudberg, Alkemist Labs Founder and CSO, and other notable industry experts co-authored a study that identified adulterated St. John’s Wort products and recommended specific ways to improve testing of the popular

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SoCal Dietary Supplements Chromatography Forum


By Allen Misa Industry Marketing Manager, Food and Environmental Markets, Phenomenex On July 28, the SoCal Dietary Supplements Chromatography Forum was held on the Phenomenex campus in Torrance, CA. Co-sponsored by Phenomenex, Alkemist Laboratories and US Pharmacopeia (USP), this all-day event attracted over 40 dietary supplement industry participants from California, Arizona and Texas. Also present

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See Us at the AOAC Annual Meeting


Visit Alkemist Labs at Booth #213 September 18 – 21, 2016 Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX Special Presentation Beyond Compliance: Current Challenges to the Quality Testing of Dietary Supplements Presented by: Dr. Holly Johnson, Lab Director, Alkemist Labs Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 2 p.m. Dallas Ballroom D3 Visit Event Website      

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Ginkgo: Current Quality and Identity Issues Revealed


Ginkgo biloba is one of the top ten most popular herbs used today by consumers. As we have seen when an herb is a big seller, particular care must be taken to confirm identity and potency in the face of a higher risk of economic adulteration. Dietary supplement manufacturers are legally required to follow the

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Alkemist Labs Clarifies C of A Policy


Costa Mesa, CA (April 20, 2016) – On Friday April 15 it was brought to Alkemist Labs’ attention by several industry contacts that they had received an email offering raw herbs for sale that contained lab reports purporting to show identity of several varieties of Ginseng and of Schisandra. These reports were nearly identical to the

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