New Brunswick, NJ—NJ Labsis celebrating its 85th year in operationand looking back at its past while exploring what the future holds in the analytical testing industry.

Recalling the early days, the company shared that Dr. David Levowitz, then at Rutgers University, saw a need to promote quality in dairy and food production, so he created New Jersey Dairy Laboratories in 1936. In the 1970s, under new ownership, “Dairy” was droped from the name and the company expanded into new industries, including pharmaceutical, environmental, and water testing services.

“NJ Labs wasn’t always focused on the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industry,” said Sandra Lee, CEO of NJ Labs, in a press release. “We started as a dairy lab that serviced the ice cream and milk industries with truck drivers that drove around New Jersey and New York to collect samples. However, when I joined in 2013, we were moving more towards dietary supplements because the FDA had begun to step in and regulate the industry more, creating an opportunity for NJ Labs to expand.”

The privately owned company now specializes in analytical chemistry and microbiology testing for the generic pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, dietary supplement, cosmetic and cannabis/CBD industries. The lab, which is FDA and DEA inspected and certified for full-service contract analytical testing, offers elemental and vitamin analysis; gas chromatography (GC); and antimicrobial effectiveness testing; and more.

Regarding its work with the cannabis company, Lee said, “Cannabis manufacturers are facing an issue of consistency right now. Many manufacturers are trusting labs without auditing them first, then finding themselves surprised when a product that they are promising to contain only a minuscule level of THC, actually has levels that would result in someone failing a drug test. At NJ Labs, we are committed to best practices that have allowed us to offer consistent results to all manufacturers we serve. Our clients can be assured that we have been here in the past and we will be here in the future.”

To celebrate the 85-year milestone, NJ Labs is inviting attendees SupplySide West to raise a a fully tested glass of champagne on October 27, 1 p.m. PT, at booth 5080.