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February 1, 2017

Our Research & Development team’s emphasis on innovation and quality by design is the reason why our contract manufacturing operation is consistently breaking new ground in the industry.

Our R&D follows an in-house, proprietary Quality Development system which ensures the quality of the product is always met as well as Process engineering principles are used for the manufacturing.  This system ensures follows throughout the life cycle of the product.

Our in-house R&D team consists of formulation engineers, Chemist, Process Engineers and lab specialists.   There is a built-in diversity to the ION labs R&D team ensuring that all aspects of any project will have an authority.  This allows ION Labs to have team members who specialize in areas such as flavoring, reverse engineering, cosmetics formulation and even liquid capsules.  These valued members of our R&D team are some of the key reasons major brands choose Ion Labs as their manufacturer.

The first stage of R&D begins with the Concept stage, where general research, concept formulation, and initial lab work are conducted. This provides enough information to determine proof of principle of the product.

In the next phase, the Feasibility is tested by conducting Pilot Run.  In this stage, R&D creates the proof of concept, which may include but is not limited to flavor testing, stability testing, and pilot runs.  This testing ensures the efficacy and process-ability of all new products. New product approval documentation is initiated thus starting the quality by design process.  It is during this phase of the process which our R&D team works with our highly trained purchasing department to make sure raw materials are procured by reviewing for quality control, conducting testing.

During the Production stage, the product is manufactured in our state of the art facility.  The manufacturing of the new product starts in blending, then moves to the appropriate manufacturing rooms: compression (tableting), encapsulation, Liquid fill, through our packaging area.  R&D will be there each step of the way ensuring that the product being manufactured meets the customer’s specifications.

The product then moves into the Process Engineering phase of the process.  Our R&D and Operations teams collect Process data, and test results.  The R&D team uses process engineering tools, conducting analysis then implement continuous improvement actions.  This continuous improvement ensures that Ion Labs delivers high-quality product each and every time.

Through these stages of Research & Development, Ion Labs is confident in providing the best contract manufacturing services that produce the highest-quality products in the world. Ion Labs continues to lead the industry by providing their customers with transparency, traceability, and trust in all of their operations.

Quality First R&D

Ion Labs’ corporate initiative of “Quality First” fuels the mindset of all employees throughout our company.  The Research and Development department takes Ion Labs’ emphasis on quality even further, spearheading a “Quality by Design” approach.  The Research and Development department is not only charged with the development and innovation of all new products but also oversees and maintains a vast catalog of historical formulations.  The Research and Development department is fully dynamic and interconnected with many integral departments to ensure that Ion Labs’ culture of quality is always in the forefront.  From Research and Development offering operational oversight of process engineering to vetting the finest raw materials available in the market, to formulating these raw materials into efficacious finished product forms, the focus on quality is always maintained. Our Research and Development department proudly breaks new ground in innovation and efficiencies as we develop the finest processes to manufacture today’s cutting-edge nutraceutical and OTC products. Our Premier Supplement line employs Active Dietary Ingredients (ADI) that are backed by over one hundred independent studies.

The Research and Development department’s capabilities are second to none in the industry today. The performance of our formulations alone can speak to this fact. Not only can our Research and Development department take a customer concept and develop it into a finished market product, but we can also take a current customer formulation and find ways to improve upon it.  Our commitment to quality at every stage allows us to totally integrate concept, development, and manufacturing into a seamless operation.