North Brunswick, NJ – Distek, Inc., a leading manufacturer of laboratory testing instruments for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, as well as an experienced provider of validation and qualification services, announced today the release of the Opt-Diss 410 next generation in-situ UV fiber optic system for dissolution testing.
No more sampling! The Distek Opt-Diss 410 UV fiber optic system for dissolution testing measures directly in the vessel, eliminating problematic filters, tubing and pumps used in conventional sampling. Patented ARCH probes designed specifically for dissolution eliminate bubbles and trapped particles that plague other fiber systems. New multicomponent analysis allows quantifying two components at once, without the need for separation. The Opt-Diss 410 is the only fully integrated UV fiber optic dissolution solution, with a single software package controlling the entire system.
“The addition of multi-component analysis is a tremendous leap forward for Distek, fiber optic dissolution and our customers. In today’s high pressure environment to produce more with less the added ability of the Opt-Diss 410 to perform multi-component analysis allows our customers to significantly reduce the turnaround time of results for an expanded number of dissolution methods by eliminating the need for LC while simultaneously reducing the costs of those results,” says Jeff Seely, Distek’s Vice President of Sales & Business Development.
At Distek, we are fortunate to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. It is an impressive accomplishment — a milestone worth celebrating. Distek was founded by my father, Gerry Brinker, who was joined by my mother, Pearl shortly after the Company’s inception. Over the past 40 years they partnered with one another, their customers, and their employees to grow Distek into a leading global manufacturer of pharmaceutical laboratory testing instruments, accessories and validation services.
Our start paints a very different story than that of startups today. Our history does not include terms such as “angel investors”, “seed round” or “series A, B, C funding”. My parents’ goal was never to quickly build a company in order to sell it off to reap the tremendous financial rewards like so many of today’s startups. Their goal was to build a sustainable business by developing outstanding products that satisfy our customers’ needs and stand apart from the competition.
In accomplishing this goal, Distek has become their legacy, and also the legacy for everyone involved with Distek. Each employee, each customer, has had a role in our success — and for that you should feel very proud: proud that the products we make have been desired for 40 years; proud that the work we do provides for our families; proud that Distek is a family business that has been successfully passed down to a second generation. I know I feel privileged to be the President of Distek.
Of course, we do share some similarities to startups of yesterday, companies like Disney, Apple, Google & Amazon. Distek is a real life garage startup success story. My father was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1940 and received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 1962. He started Brinker Instruments in 1972, and with the support and encouragement of his wife, Pearl, saw early success, so much so, that together they created Distek, which they incorporated on June 22, 1976. I was born almost exactly two years earlier (June 23) and thus have literally grown up with Distek.
Back in 1976, my parents ran the company entirely out of their house, all while raising two children under four years old. Talk about risks! I am glad I was only two at the time, for I might not have been as comfortable with their decision as they were.
In 1980, my mother, Pearl became more involved in the company doing everything from assembly assistance to building our amazing staff. I cannot say enough about her talent for hiring the right people, because without the right staff, Distek would not have been able to succeed in quite the same way. Of course, in the true spirit of being a family business, it wasn’t long before I was enlisted to provide assistance as well.
I have always enjoyed working with my hands and had a certain mechanical aptitude, so assembly work was fitting. I recall spending hours at our kitchen table cutting foam tape for vessel covers and creating flared fittings for tubing sets. Eventually, we moved into an office space, which to me meant summer work assembling instruments. What a life lesson for a young impressionable kid, not only in the work itself but also hearing the child inappropriate stories from our two assemblers!
Distek continued to grow, expanding office space and adding employees. We built a reputation in the pharmaceutical marketplace for innovation and quality. I went off to college to earn my degree in mechanical engineering and pursue other interests post college. Given my background, my parents always thought I would be back working at Distek; however, to their credit they insisted I gain some practical engineering experience before joining the company. In 2001, after gaining that experience, I moved back to New Jersey to join Distek as a project engineer.
I feel extremely lucky to work with my parents every day. Well, I feel that way most of the time. I am also privileged to work with an amazing staff who truly help make our Company great. We have built a recognizable brand, own many patents, and have developed numerous instruments that streamline our customers’ work. We have grown into a global company with sales in over 70 countries. We have greatly expanded from dissolution instruments to Validation services and now analytical instruments. However, none of this would have happened without our dedicated and loyal employees who do tremendous work each and every day.
Someone recently asked me how I like handling the responsibilities of running a company. I responded fairly quickly – and likely in the same vein most owners do – by saying it is a big responsibility, but something I enjoy. While an accurate response, the question has since made me think a bit deeper.
When I think about running Distek, I don’t only think about the work, or our customers. More often than not, I think about our employees, as the ability to provide for them is one of Distek’s top priorities, and one of the most satisfying aspects of my job.
As Distek continues to expand and add staff, we support more and more families, which is something I find very rewarding. So while we may often remind our employees that they must be customer focused, we, as owners, know we must also be employee focused, as it is our employees who have helped make Distek a success, and will continue to propel us forward in the decades to come.
Looking back over the past 40 years, I would be remiss not to write about our customers. We have a fantastically loyal customer base, some who have known my father since the Company’s inception. We rely on our customers to provide feedback on our products as well as new ideas. Being so customer focused has also been a critical component of our success.
When faced with milestones, one tends not only to look back, but also to look forward. So naturally, as Distek embarks on its fifth decade in business, I am able to reflect on the fact that what was done in the past may not work in the future, which is why, in 2016, we are making great strides in enhancing our product portfolio by expanding into biotechnology. This venture comes with big risks, as well as having the potential for big rewards. I am not sure that I would say the risk is as high as starting a company out of one’s garage, but I recognize that it is a risk, one that is worth taking. We believe this new venture will pay off and sustain Distek. I look forward to the next 40 years!
Distek, Inc., a leading manufacturer of laboratory testing instruments for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, as well as an experienced provider of validation and qualification services, has been awarded U.S. Patent 9,333,469 for their multi-motion assembly design.
Distek’s patented, multi-motion assembly design, also known as D-Drive, allows for one assembly mechanism to provide both linear and rotational motion. This D-Drive technology, found on the symphony 7100 “Bathless” Dissolution Instrument, can raise and lower the shafts at various speeds as well as control and monitor the individual stirring speed in each dissolution vessel.
“Approval of this patent provides needed protection for a technically advance mechanical concept that is a core element of the innovation found in our symphony 7100 platform,” says Jeff Brinker, President, Distek, Inc. “We are excited to have been awarded this patent as this feature has proven to be of great value to our customers.”
ABOUT DISTEK, INC.
Distek, Inc., headquartered in North Brunswick, NJ, offers a robust product portfolio including water bath and bathless dissolution, dissolution media heating, degassing, dispensing and disposal, in-situ fiber optic UV, bathless tablet disintegration, content uniformity, digital video monitoring, programmable automated sampling and now a single-use bioreactor system for mammalian cell culture applications.
North Brunswick, NJ – From the company that has brought you 40 years of excellence in laboratory pharmaceutical instruments, Distek, Inc. is proud to introduce the BIOne (pronounced “BIO One”) Single-Use Bioreactor System.
Distek, Inc. has developed a benchtop scale single-use bioreactor (SUB) system for mammalian cell growth and recombinant protein production. The pre-sterilized BIOne system is engineered with a disposable headplate welded to a tri-layer liner that can be easily inserted into a non-sterile bioreactor glass vessel, converting it to a sterile, disposable SUB within a matter of seconds with minimal investment. All materials are USP Class VI, animal derivative free and utilized in existing single-use products.
“Our expansion into the biotech arena marks another major milestone in Distek’s longstanding company history. As the bioreactor market continues shifting to single use technologies, our BIOne product line will offer an innovative approach to greatly assist our customers in the transition from autoclavable reactors,” says Jeff Brinker, President of Distek.
The “patent pending” BIOne SUB liner will mold to and mimic your existing glass system allowing you to continue using your existing cabinet, probes, motor, heating jacket and recipes. Since the liner is nearly identical to the existing glass vessel geometry, there is no need to change or modify your process.
The Distek BIOne system significantly reduces turnaround time by allowing users to seamlessly transition to a disposable platform while utilizing their existing equipment, without compromising the scalability of their current process.
“This is a very exciting product launch for us on many levels. Not only are we expanding our business into a new market space but we are immediately establishing Distek as an innovator just as we have been doing for over 40 years in small molecule dissolution testing,” says Jeff Seely, Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Distek, Inc.