Science Serving Family Businesses
Microscopy is all about the “world of small”!
It is the science of using microscopes to study objects that are too small to be seen by the human eye.
There are three major types of applied microscope technology used by scientific laboratories – optical, electron and scanning probe microscopy.
The technical sophistication of today’s microscopes used by scientific laboratories to study the “world of small” has been further enhanced by the use of computers to perform highly complex analyses.
“For family businesses, having a scientific laboratory as a strategic resource partner makes sense if the business is vulnerable to government regulators, litigation and other problems that can impact the operational performance of their business,” according to leading family business expert
“A critical barrier to innovation for many family businesses is not knowing what they don’t know,” says Schwerzler. “Using a scientific laboratory, as a resource partner, can provide the critical analysis sparking a breakthrough that can significantly change the competitive posture of the family’s business."
Schwerzler has been studying and advising family business entrepreneurs for more than 40 years and is the founder of the
Family Business Institute
and the Internet organization
Family Business Experts,
both of which are headquartered in Atlanta GA.
Microscope technology has become better recognized by being featured in many TV series dealing with crime scene investigations.
Scientists, using microscopes to solve problems, cover the broad spectrum of business and industries.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
When it comes to identifying and solving environmental and industrial hygiene issues, the first step in solving the problems is contacting a scientific laboratory that specializes in microscopy analysis.
When we read stories about workers being exposed to hazardous materials - scientific labs, using microscopy techniques, identify the contaminants and the extent of the exposure risk. Once the source of the contamination is identified, targeted corrective action can be taken to resolve the problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Depending on the industry, many family businesses routinely deal with critical issues involving:
Stack Sample Particle Sizing & Identification
Asbestos & Other Fibers
Indoor Air Quality
Nanoparticles and Nanofibers
Waste Material Characterization
Litigation support is another service provided by scientific laboratories. They not only provide the scientific analysis and the written reports, they provide expert witnesses for depositions and trial testimony.
Scientific labs using microscopy techniques provide litigation support in the areas of:
Intellectual Property Matters
Scientific laboratories using microscopy techniques support manufacturing operations in the area of quality, purchasing, inventory management and operational efficiency.
Think about it – how hard is it to identify a problem that can’t be seen by the naked eye!
Scientific labs support manufacturing operations in the areas of:
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Foreign Material Identification
PHARMACEUTICAL and MEDICAL DEVICES
Scientific laboratories provide analytical testing support for family businesses involved in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
Using microscopy techniques, scientific labs are used to test for:
Pharmaceutical Product Crystals
Foreign Material Identification
Device Quality Assurance
Visible & Subvisible Particulates
Product Development Support
Family businesses with questions about how a scientific laboratory, using microscopy techniques, can be a problem-solver for their business – simply use the ASK THE EXPERT form at the bottom of this page.
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