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Elan’s 2020 Industry Resolutions


A new year is often a time of reflection, and many people make New Year’s Resolutions, which they may or may not keep, with varying degrees of success. Simply, put, they generally fall into four categories: Start Stop Decrease Increase So here are my 2020 resolutions recommendations for our industry: The industry should Start: Improving

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Elan’s recap 2019 and forecast 2020


Looking back, Looking Forward  While it won’t go down in the archives as our best one, 2019 was almost a really great year. The industry, and our little lab, experienced some challenging growing pains, along with some very real successes. As we enter the new year, it’s good to review the closing one, and go

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Alkemist Labs CEO Elan Sudberg Honored as NutraChampion for Testing Advocacy


Garden Grove, CA (June 4, 2019) – Elan Sudberg, CEO of Alkemist Labs, was recognized by the editors of NutraIngredients-USA as the 2019 NutraChampion at their annual awards ceremony on June 3 in New Orleans. In describing why Elan was chosen, the organizers said “Elan has worked tirelessly for the dietary supplements industry, most of it

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Alkemist Labs and Nutrasource Collaborate on THC Compliance Testing Certification Program


Garden Grove, CA (June 18, 2019) – Alkemist Labs, the foremost contract testing lab specializing in botanical identity and potency testing for the dietary supplement industry, and Nutrasource, a Canadian contract research organization that helps health product companies bring products to market with trust and confidence, are preparing to launch a comprehensive third-party verification program designed to

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By Elan Sudberg I’ve been ruminating on the adage, ‘what got you here won’t get you there’ as I turn 40 this month, as we strategize the future of Alkemist Labs, as the industry evolves, and as legacy regulations ripen. DSHEA was written before the internet was a thing, passed in 1994 and then just

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Elan’s 2019 EXPO West Recap


It’s that time of year again… Post show triage where we frantically dig out from a colossal pile of hot emails received while at the show, sort through stacks of new business cards and try to recall who was what and why we were supposed to follow up, and hope in vain that the 85,000

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Alkemist Labs Cuts Identity Testing Turnaround Time to Four Days


Garden Grove, CA (February 20, 2019) – Alkemist Labs is pleased to announce a 20% shorter turnaround time for the most common identity tests they provide: routine HPTLC and Microscopy testing. As of March 1, 2019, turnaround time for these tests will be four days. “We know that rapid turnaround time for identity testing is

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You Can Build Your Own Car Top Shower, But Should You?


By Elan Sudberg It’s my strong belief that substandard testing practices are the biggest threat to this industry. At worst, something bad goes undetected and does someone harm. At best, they foster poor quality throughout the industry, allowing products with poor efficacy into the supply chain and sabotaging repeat purchases, while handing ammunition on a

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Elan’s Deep Thoughts as 2018 Ends


What we experienced as a testing lab over the last 21 years very much reflects developments and trends throughout the industry. Revisit with me what this year has brought and how that will continue in the New Year (Happy 2019, BTW!). 2018 has been another banner year in the realm of growth and staying power

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A Conversation With Bryan Fine


Business Development Manager Bryan Fine joined Alkemist Labs in 2007 as an HPTLC Specialist. After two years as QA/QC Manager he moved to the sales side of the company. His research experience includes a year as Research Team Leader with the California Department of Veterans Affairs and Computational Biology Research Associate at UC Merced.  He

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