A Visit to Extrasynthese


There is nothing quite like experiencing something in person to truly appreciate it. The short version is, I can confirm from personal experience that the Extrasynthese phytochemical reference standards we distribute are exceptional. But here’s the long version: For two years it has been my pleasure to work for Alkemist Labs and with Extrasynthese as

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Beyond Compliance: Current Challenges in Quality Testing of Dietary Supplements


The regulatory climate in the dietary supplements industry has heated up recently in the wake of enforcement actions by State Attorneys General, as well as some negative media attention; many companies are allocating bigger budgets to Quality Control departments and expanding testing programs.  As business models increasingly trend toward being less vertically integrated, diversification and

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Alkemist Labs Experts On Hand To Demystify Testing At Expo West / Engredea


20TH Anniversary Champagne Celebration Friday In Booth Costa Mesa, CA (February 14, 2017) – When the entire natural products and dietary supplements industry descends once again upon Anaheim, California March 9 -12, 2017 an important goal on attendees’ minds is gathering information on the most vital industry issues. And since botanical product testing is high on

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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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