Maximum Yield Industry News October/November 2020 - Page 24

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 are you doing to retain staff ?
At Rad Source , we recognize that our staff is why we have been so successful over the last 20 + years . We share stories of our customers ’ 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 build the best world ’ s best technology and applicationbased solutions available in the markets we serve .
What challenges have you encountered in marketing your products ? 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 the competition .
Let ’ s start with microbes .
According to the National Institute 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 .”
How do 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 water 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 contaminate the product . The only way for the microbes to repopulate the flower is through cross-contamination and 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 .

Our biggest challenge is the misconception about our technology , whether from not fully understanding the science behind it or the misconceptions generated by the competition .”
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