American Business Awards
Company of the Year
Health Products & Services
“Microbiological Testing & Consulting (MTC) is a lab providing test capabilities for clients in the personal care industry. They are a small lab with focus on process and product delivery which they are able to achieve due to its lean culture. In the pandemic, MTC was able to develop and troubleshoot formulations for hand sanitizers that met FDA and CDC guidelines. Their efforts in the pandemic are next to none.”
– Stevie Award Judge
American Business Awards
“We are extremely proud of this award and the recognition we have received for our part in the COVID-19 response. This award validates the hard work and collaborative effort of our talented chemists and microbiologists who work diligently every day on behalf of our clients to ensure that their products are safe to market.”
- Lauren Szarzynski and Batzaya Tumur
Owners, Microbiological Testing & Consulting
Company Introduction – Purpose, History, and Operations
Microbiological Testing & Consulting (MTC) is an FDA registered microbiological testing lab located in Chicago, IL. We provide microbial, sterility, and preservation testing for clients in the personal care industry. We also provide research and development services to formulate new products or refresh legacy products. Complying with USP and PCPC testing methods, our services are a critical component in the development and production of safe and effective consumer products.
What sets us apart is our size. We are a small lab, and our size allows us to be nimble in our ability to satisfy our clients’ needs. With our state-of-the-art equipment we can offer our clients the testing services they expect from a large organization, but deliver it with the personalization of a boutique lab. Our clients appreciate that they can speak with our lab personnel directly and discuss their specific issues and timeframes with us. The enjoy our rapid turnaround and our ability to re-prioritize as necessary to keep their production lines running smoothly, something that our larger competitors cannot offer.
Achievements & Significance
When COVID-19 hit the country, MTC became an essential business and part of the community response team. Due to the CDC’s recommendations surrounding hand hygiene as a means to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, hand sanitizers were in high demand and short supply. Because of the supply chain problems caused by the virus, the FDA authorized local production of hand sanitizers, and published specifications for efficacy against COVID-19. Our clients quickly switched their production lines from personal care products to hand sanitizers, a business they were not previously in, and with COVID-19 spreading quickly, there was intense pressure to provide the market with products that would protect consumers and contain the spread of the virus.
Our clients came to us for our expertise in microbial testing, as well as research and development. MTC was able to quickly develop and troubleshoot formulations for hand sanitizers that met FDA and CDC guidelines. We also consulted on their production processes, providing suggestions on methods and techniques that would allow them to jumpstart their hand sanitizer production in a safe manner.
Because no products can be released to the consumer market without FDA approved microbial testing, our lab services became critically important, and our turnarounds even more important. We worked around the clock, accepting samples from across the region, extending our hours to accommodate the critical testing. Our staff performed Kill Time studies to ensure that the alcohol-based sanitizers were effective, and if not, consulted with our clients to re-formulate their products to perform within FDA and CDC specifications. We troubleshot their formulations, adjusting where necessary to align tolerances or increase effectiveness. We tested the purity of each sample to ensure that there was no bacteria present, and, if necessary, we identified the pathogens and devised a production plan to eliminate them.
With the whole world shopping for hand sanitizer, our clients were under significant pressure to deliver…and we helped make it possible.
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Microbiological Testing & Consulting, LLC
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Chicago, IL 60655
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