FROM IDEA TO REALITY. Before QGel was founded in 2009, the founders recognized the quality of the science supporting what was to become QGel technology. However, they were also aware that good technology did not necessarily translate into successful industrial application, especially in the demanding field of drug development.
As manager of a biopharmaceutical unit in Europe, QGel's founder, Dr. Colin Sanctuary, engaged industrial experts throughout the value chain to prepare for the challenges he would be faced with to turn QGel technology into a commercial product. It became clear that the ideas behind QGel would only succeed if the issues of scalability, quality and reproducibility were solved. These issues became QGel's founding principles for which seed financing was obtained and the daunting yet exciting task of manufacturing a biomimetic, synthetic hydrogel began.
MANUFACTURING was a success and the stringent GMP quality milestones were achieved. By 2010, QGel had a finished product and our team was eager to sell it. Although QGel's key application targeted the pharmaceutical industry, we decided to first validate our novelty with colleagues in academia for product feedback, criticism and hopefully confirmation that our product works as well in their hands as it did in ours.
Our aim was to have a few top institutes use QGel for their research. We were overwhelmed by the demand, the feedback was excellent, and we continue our collaboration to this day.
Today, QGel research products are distributed to the best academic institutes around the world.
THE ASTOUNDING RESULTS achieved by our research customers caught the attention of pharmaceutical companies around the world and they started coming to us. Speaking to them to find out how QGel could help in solving their problems, we realized they were independently asking us the same question, "Is QGel scaleable? We want to use it for large-scale projects!" Luckily, we already had a prototype for automation in development and the first contract with a large pharmaceutical company was concluded. After seeing QGel's methods and results, our corporate customers were convinced of the game-changing potential of QGel. And they re-ordered.