biotask AG

biotask AG

Analytical and consulting services for nutrition management, the animal feed industry and the agricultural/pharmaceutical industry

The key areas of the services provided by biotask AG include the analysis and interpretation of analysed results, together with appropriate consulting and customer support. This includes the conduction of sample analyses using chromatographic and molecular biology methods, customer-specific consulting involving quality assurance, development, purchasing and production, plus support for the procurement of raw materials, the setup and expansion of quality assurance systems and laboratory automation.

Category

Biotechnology

Activity Service, Biotechnology

Management

Prof. Dr. Bärbel Kniel (Director)
Dipl. Ing. (FH) Maximilian Moser (Director)

Year of foundation

2000

Employees

15

Description

The young company, founded in August 2000 in Esslingen, bases its business concept on solid, long-term experience: the founders of the company, Maximilian Moser and Prof. Dr. Bärbel Kniel have a background in food economy with expert analytical, food technology and legal knowledge as well as comprehensive knowledge of the biotech and pharma industry. They are now putting this special knowledge to good use to build their own successful company. Biotask investigates food and animal feed for genetically-modified constituents, mycotoxins and determines the activity of enzymes.
Another growing branch of the young company involves consulting and project management in the areas of technology, quality management and food law.

The company employs eight people and intends to grow organically. “We want to remain an effective company”, said Moser. This concept is combined with the company’s focus on specific groups of food. There is particular emphasis placed on the crop-processing industry involving the entire spectrum of crop products. Among the company’s clients are mills, processing companies such as the producers of bakery supplies, large bakeries and pizza producers.

biotask is also analysing dairy and meat industry products. However, prior to analysing the different foodstuffs, a tailor-made process needs to be set up for each product; so biotask analysts have therefore developed methods or have optimised standard procedures in order to ensure high-precision results.

Business areas of biotask AG:

Testing of genetically-modified components:
This involves the exclusive use of PCR methods. These methods require a keen instinct and are therefore only carried out by specifically qualified staff members.

Mycotoxin examinations:
In recent years, the determination of mycotoxins has gained growing importance on the national and European level following the extension of regulations regarding the maximum limit of such toxic substances in food. At present, the food industry needs to abide by the valid national limits for fusarin toxins, set out by a European directive published in June 2005 and valid from 1st July 2006 onwards. biotask AG has already established suitable HPLC methods to detect fusarin toxins.

Determination of enzyme activities:
This is biotask’s third business area. “We routinely examine the activities of 15 different enzymes”, explained Moser. The majority of clients requiring such services come from the food industry; however, enzyme activity can also be determined in washing agents and other products.

Consulting:
As a result of the company’s long experience in development and quality assurance, clients can depend on biotask’s expertise in contracted projects. biotask’s approach is flexible and involves time spent at the client’s company. “We want to be as close as possible to our clients and their problems; this is a prerequisite for providing effective help.” The food law, which is gradually getting more complex, has also led to a growing demand by medium-sized companies for consulting services.

The company does not just rely on its established analytical methods but continues to develop them further. This includes giving students the opportunity to pursue their diploma theses within the company. “This is also important in terms of the constantly changing market situation,” emphasised Moser. “We want to and need to keep up to date. Therefore we are constantly examining new techniques for their suitability for our applications.”

A distinct advantage is the company’s excellent contacts in universities. Analytics companies (e.g. in the field of microbiology) are also part of biotask’s network. With their impressive network, the company is able to provide the entire range of examinations. In cases where other agencies are involved, biotask takes on the management and coordination of tests, so that the client only deals directly with one contact but nevertheless receives the whole range of required services.

Moser believes that the shape of a company is important for its success. “An incorporated company has the benefit of bringing different experts together in the supervisory board who provide advice and skills for steering the company.” The members of the supervisory board are shareholders of the company and are hence particularly involved in making the company successful.

Apart from well-founded, classical company financing, the choice of the location is another success factor: biotask AG has established itself in the LSC (Life Science Centre) in Esslingen and uses the excellent infrastructure that is particularly suited to meet the demands of its company tenants.

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This portrait was originally published on www.bio-pro.de on 18 July 2005