Your Yield, Your Profit, Your Decision: Rad Source Technologies
Rad Source Technologies is a global life science leader developing real world solutions using patented Quastar light-emitting technology. The company provides safe, proven, and reliable solutions that help address humanity’s most challenging issues. Rad Source is a trusted and reliable partner to approximately 700 hospitals, universities, and research institutions worldwide. Nicole Wagner answered Maximum Yield’s questions about her company.
How important is safety when you’re engineering new products?
The safety of our employees, customers, and the end-user of our products is of the utmost importance at Rad Source. Our FDA-cleared RS 3400•Q uses our patented Quastar emitter technology and we use the same safety and manufacturing guidelines in all of our products even if the products are not required to follow the same stringent FDA Guidelines.
What are some new innovations Rad Source using in its products?
Rad Source has developed and patented the world’s best light-wave emitting technology designed specifically for life science applications and we are constantly working with our partners to provide access to this magnificent life-changing technology.
Any new innovations or technology you are working on that you can tell our readers about?
In addition to our new cannabis decontamination system (the RS 420•XL), we are also developing food safety and viral inactivation solutions. Rad Source is constantly finding new life science applications for our patented Quastar technology.
What are some steps Rad Source has taken to improve its environmental responsibility?
Rad Source’s photonic (light) emitters are not single use but can be rebuilt, which in turn means we recycle the majority of the units as they age out as many of the parts in our units are reusable.
What are your top-3 selling products right now?
- RS 3400•Q (FDA Approved for blood applications)
- RS 420•Q
- RS 420•XL which are used in the cannabis industry
Why should consumers or corporations choose Rad Source over the competition?
Simply put, we are the only microbial decontamination system that can reduce the microbe load on a product to 99.9 percent non-detectable without effecting the cannabinoids, terpenes, moisture, or look and feel of the product.
(Read also: The Importance of Public Health and Cannabis Decontamination)
Do you have any expansion plans?
Yes, we are growing very rapidly in many areas of life sciences such as food safety. The cannabis industry is our fastest growing segment because our technology matches the industry’s need for effective microbial remediation.
What is Rad Source doing to retain staff?
At Rad Source, we recognize that our staff is why we have been so successful over the last 20-plus years. We share stories of our customer’s successes and how their hard work is helping others while making the world safer. Our employees know we are making a difference. Our team’s commitment is to building the best world’s best technology and application-based solutions available in the markets we serve.
What are some challenges you’ve come across in marketing your products and how have you overcome them?
Our biggest challenge is the misconception about our technology, whether from not fully understanding the science behind it or the misconceptions generated by competition.
Let’s start with microbes.
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Microbes are tiny living things that are found all around us and are too small to be seen by the naked eye. They live in water, soil, and in the air. The human body is home to millions of these microbes too, also called microorganisms. Some microbes make us sick; others are important for our health. The most common types are bacteria, viruses, and fungi. There are also microbes called protozoa. These are tiny living things that are responsible for diseases such as toxoplasmosis and malaria.”
When it comes to understanding the how the different decontamination technologies work, ozone and other chemical-based decontamination is a surface technology, meaning it only works on what it touches. If it can’t enter a “tight compacted flower” as an example, it can’t reach the microbes on the inside (imagine blowing smoke at a clinched fist, the tighter the clinch, the less penetration of the gas). Breaking open the flower for testing exposes the untreated inside of the flower and microbes that are still growing. In addition to not being able to penetrate to the center of the flower, ozone is an oxidizer that strips terpenes from the flower while changing the flower’s color from green to brown.
Another technology is Radio Frequency (RF). This technology is similar to a microwave oven where it uses moisture to generate heat by oscillating H2O molecules. If moisture in the flower lot is uneven it can result in hot spots when processing which will damage the flower and could start the decarboxylation process from THC to THCA.
Photonic Decontamination (PD) is a process that uses photons (light) to penetrate the whole flower and inactivate the microbe by breaking the DNA. With no ability to grow, the microbes are unable to repopulate with no further ability to decontaminate the product. The only way for the microbes to repopulate the flower is through cross-contamination re-introduction from another source. A process that does not happen with PD as the processing bags remain sealed during process and up to the point when the samples are pulled for testing.
How are you keeping pace in such a fast-moving industry?
We spend a lot of time actively participating in the industry — visiting growers, talking with growers, and doing market research to keep up with the industry trends and most importantly the regulations and their impact on the industry. Our 420 Series of Cannabis Decontamination Systems are designed to specifically for cannabis microbial decontamination applications.
Describe Rad Source’s company culture.
The best way to describe the company is a “team”. I have been in a lot of organizations over the years and Rad Source, though growing rapidly, has a great management team and great vision for the future.
What are your thoughts on the future of this industry?
I think the future of the industry will be fascinating to watch. We expect to be full participants and leading the way for cannabis decontamination going forward. We have the best technology in the world, the scientific experience and technology that works with 99.99 percent confidence, and our customers are thrilled with the results! We will keep working to align ourselves with the needs of the industry so they will continue to trust us as the only technology that produces the results they are looking to achieve.
Anything else you’d like to say about your company?
Rad Source is fully committed to the cannabis market. We also know that the challenges of microbial infestation is not going away. We believe in the industry; we know our technology works better than anything else available and we will not stop in our efforts to support the industry with the world’s best cannabis decontamination equipment. Ours systems work — it’s that simple.
If I was a grower, investor, or cannabis company owner, I would look no further than Rad Source. Imagine passing all your test for microbials. With Rad Source, there truly is “Peace of Mind Cannabis Testing”.