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Company Profile And Capabilities

PhytoTechnology Laboratories is a privately held business, which manufactures and distributes products to the plant tissue culture, plant biotechnology, and plant science markets. Dr. Kenneth C. Torres, Ph.D., and his wife, Janet, formed the company in 1997; their goal was to propel PhytoTech into becoming a world-class supplier of media, biochemicals and supplies to the plant science market.

PhytoTechnology Laboratories is located in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of the Kansas City Metro area. This location provides direct access to most major markets around the world. Our location near the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, and a number of smaller liberal arts and sciences colleges and universities allows us to draw upon the fine students and graduates of these institutions. Manufacturing, product development, administration and distribution of products are all done in-house at  our main facility and research and development facility.

PhytoTechnology Laboratories has distributors all across the world that help promote and distribute our product line world-wide (view the Distributors tab for a complete listing of all our distributors). We also sell direct to most countries. We have a distribution center in the European Union that allows fast shipments to EU countries at discounted rates.

PhytoTechnology Laboratories’ product line has expanded over the years into areas of molecular biology, microbiology, plant pathology, seed testing, phycology, and plant defense. We strive to constantly innovate with a new research and development facility dedicated to bringing new products to the plant science markets. We also custom-manufacture a number of media for clients to aid in their production and research.

Since 1997 we have abided by the ideal of Quality, Innovation, and Service:

  • As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company we stand by our quality and manufacturing processes.
  • Our new R&D facility allows us to innovate and bring exciting, new products to the market.
  • And our customer service and technical service teams ensure that from the moment you order, to the moment you receive and use your product, you will continue to be in good hands with PhytoTech Labs.

Their People

PhytoTechnology Laboratories has over 75 years of plant tissue culture research, product development, media manufacturing and testing experience.

Each member of our staff is committed to bringing you the highest quality product available. In addition to quality products, we make every effort to provide the best possible service in the industry. Most orders are shipped within 24 to 48 hours of receipt. New technical information is continuously being developed to help technicians use their products. 

Their Mission

PhytoTechnology Laboratories’ goal from inception has been to do one thing and do it right. You will not find us manufacturing products for mammalian or insect cell culture. PhytoTechnology Laboratories has experienced continuous growth every year thanks to you, our customers.

Our vision is: Helping to ensure a better tomorrow through plant science. We understand the importance of having quality products and reliable customer and technical service.

Quality, Innovation, and Service: they are more than just words at PhytoTechnology Laboratories. They are the back bone of our corporate culture

Mission Statement
PhytoTechnology Laboratories’ mission is to be the innovator and supplier of products, technologies, and services of unsurpassed quality for the global plant science community.

  • We strive to accomplish this mission with products and services for:
    • Educators
    • Commercial, government, and private researchers
    • Bio-pharmaceutical production
    • Micropropagation Labs
    • Nursery Productions
  • To provide quality products and services to our customers at a fair-market price.
  • To achieve a level of customer satisfaction that motivates our customers to rely on PhytoTechnology Laboratories as their primary source for plant science products.
  • To develop or utilize emerging technology to create and improve value-added products and services.

Manufacturing Capabilities

PhytoTechnology Laboratories' entire media line is manufactured in accordance to cGMP standards in their environmentally controlled manufacturing facility in Overland Park, KS.

PhytoTechnology Laboratories can develop and manufacture proprietary media formulations to meet the requirements for any specific plant cell lines. Our capability gives plant researchers the opportunity to have proprietary custom media manufactured either as a dry powder medium or a liquid medium in batch sizes ranging from 100 L to 40,000 L. This service saves you time in media preparation and reduces the possibility of technician error in the formulation of the media. A mutually signed confidentiality agreement assures you that all records pertaining to the custom media will be held in the strictest of confidences. To see how we manufacture our media, visit our video on YouTube.

PhytoTechnology Laboratories currently has four environmentally controlled rooms dedicated to dry powder media manufacturing. Each of these rooms is monitored daily for temperature and humidity. Three of the rooms are dedicated to manufacturing products of non-animal origin. The mills, grinding media, trays and other related equipment for these rooms are isolated and have never been exposed to animal derived components. The fourth DPM room is set aside for manufacturing products that contain animal derived products such as peptones, casein, or amino acids. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are written, and rigorously adhered to, covering each step of the formulation, manufacturing, and cleaning process of dry powder manufacturing.

There are strict SOPs and specific guidelines for the packaging of Dry Powder Media and biochemicals, to which the technicians stringently adhere. This helps to ensure the accuracy, lot-by-lot consistency, and overall quality expected from our products. PhytoTechnology Laboratories currently has four environmentally controlled packaging and formulation rooms. A fifth packaging room is dedicated to the formulation and packaging of Animal Derived Products, and the sixth is dedicated solely to the manufacturing and packaging of antibiotics.

For larger orders, we can custom package media and biochemicals in ready-to-use packages. This eliminates your technicians spending time weighing out chemicals and improves their efficiency.

The supply of liquid media offers scientists and production personnel sterile, ready to use media for bioreactors, micropropagation production, and research. All LM products manufactured by PhytoTechnology Laboratories are tested and meet the US Pharmacopeia (USP) specifications. SOPs specific for each phase of liquid media formulation, manufacturing and packaging are ardently followed.

PhytoTechnology Laboratories can currently package LM in package sizes ranging from 10 mL bottles to 20 L bags. We currently have two LM production rooms: an ante (or gown-up room), a class 100 sterile fill room with laminar flow hood for making sterile connections and small bottle fills. A third LM room is dedicated solely for the packaging of sterile antibiotic solutions.

Product Development & Continuous Quality Control

PhytoTechnology Laboratories’ plant tissue culture media and reagents are prepared from the highest quality raw materials available. Most raw materials meet appropriate ACS, BP, EP, or USP specifications. Each lot of material brought into our facility is assigned its own internal lot number. This lot number is cross-referenced to the vendor lot number for traceability back to the vendors. The PhytoTechnology Laboratories lot number follows the raw material through all phases of manufacturing and packaging, permitting complete traceability on all lots manufactured or packaged. All raw materials must meet release specification prior to formulation and manufacturing into either DPM or LM. All of our media and basal salt formulations are manufactured and tested in-house. Additionally, products may be randomly selected and sent to an outside third party testing lab to verify specific testing protocols. As outlined in Figure A, quality is monitored at each step of their process.

All media are prepared according to their original formulae or accepted modifications as noted in our technical literature and catalogues. Once manufactured, each lot of product is assayed for chemical, physical, and biological specifications to make certain that the quality of the lot meets our standards. The specifications set for each product ensure lot-by-lot consistency.

The growth promoting activity of all plant tissue culture products, where applicable, is evaluated with a minimum of two commercially important plant cell line (species). Media are supplemented with the appropriate concentrations of biochemicals and/or plant growth regulators (PGRs), where applicable, and suitable cell lines are tested. Each lot of product is compared to product history and periodically literature references for growth promoting activities. PhytoTechnology Laboratories, where applicable, evaluates the lot or product in test for active production of shoots, embryos, or plantlets without morphological aberration, increase in callus fresh weight, root production, cell growth, and/or overall appearance of the tissue.

PhytoTechnology Laboratories maintains retention samples of each lot of raw material, biochemical and medium for a minimum of seven years or according to the time specified in the respective Standard Operation Procedure. Retention samples are routinely pulled for stability studies to ensure a long stable shelf-life of their products.