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Since the early 1980’s, A/B Technologies has applied basic research to the needs of agribusiness in the areas of microbiology, enzymology, and immunology. A/B Technologies’ international connections make us a unique company in agricultural biotechnology. Because of our extensive documentation of components and high degree of product purity, clients can formulate exact, consistent specialty products that meet international standards and registration procedures.
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A/B Technologies. Calvin grew up on a farm, near Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Oregon State University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1974, Dr. Speckman worked with basic and applied researchers in more than twenty countries. It was during this time that he formed the scientific foundation of A/B Technologies, established in 1982.
Dr. Speckman's training and education uniquely qualify him to take complex research findings and apply them to the needs of international agribusiness. Clients count on his knowledge of technology to put them ahead of the competition - today and tomorrow.
Dr. Speckman excels in translating scientific jargon into understandable language. He has put together a highly responsive, experienced staff to serve the needs of A/B Technologies' client companies. From the moment your order is received‚ by phone, fax or email‚ to the time it is produced, packaged and shipped, you are assured of professional, personal attention.
Unique Components Create a Superior Product
A large animal health company wanted to launch a calf paste product containing probiotics and biological factors to replace colostrum, an important “starter” nutrient for young animals. An initial investment with another biotechnology company failed because of poor quality control. Paste consistency was poor and the results varied. Customer complaints followed. Subsequently, the company retained A/B Technologies. We assessed the company’s marketing and quality control needs and recommended a pilot-sized field test of 10 to 15 tubes. Following the test, we modified the product’s color, taste, and consistency, as well as the size of the syringe used to administer the paste. The resulting paste was of a consistently high quality and produced the desired results. A/B Technologies assisted the company in stepping up production to a commercial basis.
Field Testing Yields Reliable Results
A manufacturer of silage-making equipment became a major customer when A/B Technologies solved a difficult technical problem and opened new marketing opportunities. The company wanted a custom-designed silage inoculant that would fit its unique system and be usable at geographic locations throughout the world. Working with the company’s research and development team, we first conducted field experiments on our own 90-acre Oregon research farm. Results enable us to produce 10 different inoculant formulations that meet the company’s specialized packaging requirements and proved environmentally sound. We also recommended manufacturing changes and helped the company introduce new products during its off-season which expanded the company’s marketing base.
From Prototype to Market in 30 Days
Montana cow and calf operations benefited from the work that A/B Technologies performed for a nutrition consulting firm. A/B Technologies works with nutritionists on an ongoing basis to formulate new products. In this case, the consulting firm needed to produce a health product containing bacteria and biological factors to combat newborn calf problems. Moreover, the product needed to be created quickly. We developed a thumbsized bolus that cattlemen could carry in their hip pockets and administer in the field. Product, packaging, label and a promotional flyer took just 30 days to produce.
Building Your Successful Brand
A/B Technologies was recommended by a major vet supply customer, to a company producing equine products. They wanted to develop new products for their market. After the owner of the company spoke with Dr. Speckman, prototypes of paste and powder formulas were manufactured and shipped out to the customer within a few days. After this customer tested the prototypes in the field, five new products went to market within one month. After one year of the initial contact, this company has 11 different private label paste and powder products manufactured by A/B Technologies. The company is very successful in the equine market today.