Applied Science Areas


Our portfolio covers for a wide scope of laboratory supplies commonly used to life (bio) sciences, environmental, food and agriculture business in the areas of synthesis, purification and chromatography. Our products vary from silica gel (bulk and pre-packed specialties), HPLC columns, cartridges, storage plates and vials, miscellaneous supportive materials to dedicated fine mechanicals and selective smaller laboratory equipment. Our customers are active in Research, Development and (pilot) Production.

Innovatieve Research and Development activities are undertaken by contract research organizations, institutes, corporations and governments in developing new services or products, or improving existing services or products. Research and Development constitutes the first stage of development of a potential new service or the production process.

The specific activitites and focus within Research and Development differ from institution to institution, with two primary models of an R&D department either staffed by engineers and tasked with directly developing new products, or staffed with scientists and tasked with applied research in scientific or technological fields, which may facilitate future product development. R&D differs from the vast majority of corporate activities in that it is not intended to yield immediate profit, and generally carries greater risk and an uncertain return on investment. However R&D is crucial for acquiring larger shares of the market through the marketisation of new products.

Within Pharma, Drug discovery is the process by which potential drugs are discovered or designed. In the past most drugs have been discovered either by isolating the active ingredient from traditional remedies or by serendipitous discovery. Modern biotechnology often focuses on understanding the metabolic pathways related to a disease state or pathogen, and manipulating these pathways using molecular biology or biochemistry. A great deal of early-stage drug discovery has traditionally been carried out by universities and research institutions.

Drug development refers to activities undertaken after a compound is identified as a potential drug in order to establish its suitability as a medication. Objectives of drug development are to determine appropriate formulation and dosing, as well as to establish safety. Research in these areas generally includes a combination of in vitro studies, in vivo studies, and clinical trials. The cost of late stage development has meant it is usually done by the larger pharmaceutical companies.

Often, large multinational corporations exhibit vertical integration, participating in a broad range of drug discovery and development, manufacturing and quality control, marketing, sales, and distribution. Smaller organizations, on the other hand, often focus on a specific aspect such as discovering drug candidates or developing formulations. Often, collaborative agreements between research organizations and large pharmaceutical companies are formed to explore the potential of new drug substances. More recently, multi-nationals are increasingly relying on contract research organizations to manage drug development.


Biotechnology is the broad area of biology involving living systems and organisms to develop or make products, or any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use.

The wide concept of “biotech” or “biotechnology” encompasses a wide range of procedures for modifying living organisms according to human purposes, going back to domestication of animals, cultivation of the plants, and “improvements” to these through breeding programs that employ artificial selection and hybridization. Modern usage also includes genetic engineering as well as cell and tissue culture technologies. Biotechnology is based on the basic biological sciences (e.g. molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, embryology, genetics, microbiology) and conversely provides methods to support and perform basic research in biology.

Biotechnology is the Research and Development in the laboratory using bioinformatics for exploration, extraction, exploitation and production from any living organisms and any source of biomass by means of biochemical engineering where high value-added products could be planned (reproduced by biosynthesis, for example), forecasted, formulated, developed, manufactured, and marketed for the purpose of sustainable operations (for the return from bottomless initial investment on R & D) and gaining durable patents rights (for exclusives rights for sales, and prior to this to receive national and international approval from the results on animal experiment and human experiment, especially on the pharmaceutical branch of biotechnology to prevent any undetected side-effects or safety concerns by using the products). The utilization of biological processes, organisms or systems to produce products that are anticipated to improve human lives is termed biotechnology.

Agricultural science is a broad multidisciplinary field of biology that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture.

Agricultural sciences include Research and Development on e.g. plant breeding and genetics, plant pathology, horticulture, soil science, entomology, production techniques (e.g., irrigation management, recommended nitrogen inputs), improving agricultural productivity in terms of quantity and quality (e.g., selection of drought-resistant crops and animals, development of new pesticides, yield-sensing technologies, simulation models of crop growth, in-vitro cell culture techniques), minimizing the effects of pests (weeds, insects, pathogens, nematodes) on crop or animal production systems, transformation of primary products into end-consumer products (e.g., production, preservation, and packaging of dairy products), prevention and correction of adverse environmental effects (e.g., soil degradation, waste management, bioremediation), theoretical production ecology, relating to crop production modeling, traditional agricultural systems, sometimes termed subsistence agriculture, which feed most of the poorest people in the world and food production and demand on a global basis.

Agricultural biotechnology is a specific area of agricultural science involving the use of scientific tools and techniques, including genetic engineering, molecular markers, molecular diagnostics, vaccines, and tissue culture, to modify living organisms: plants, animals, and microorganisms.

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates many physical, biological and information sciences to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. Today it provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems.

Related areas of study include environmental studies and environmental engineering. Environmental studies incorporates more of the social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment. Environmental engineering focuses on design and technology for improving environmental quality in every aspect.

Environmental scientists work on subjects like the understanding of earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management, and the effects of global climate change. Environmental issues almost always include an interaction of physical, chemical, and biological processes. Environmental scientists bring a systems approach to the analysis of environmental problems.

Environmental science came alive as a substantive, active field of scientific investigation in the 1960s and 1970s driven by

  • the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to analyze complex environmental problems
  • the arrival of substantive environmental laws requiring specific environmental protocols of investigation and
  • the growing public awareness of a need for action in addressing environmental problems.

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