Biological Products and Supplies Biological products and supplies include a wide range of substances sold for a wide range of purposes. These may include proteins and organic chemicals.
Most of these products and supplies are sold to biology companies. They are used in laboratory facilities. Others are sold to schools for use in biology and other science classes. They are produced by specialists in biotechnology.
These natural materials are also used in medicine and food. Many of them are substances essential to biology, such as calcium and sodium. Magnesium, copper, potassium, and glucose are also common. These essential organic substances are used in food additives to enhance health and in specific supplements and some drugs. These companies also produce fertilizers and agricultural chemicals.
A biotechnology company employs professional technical staff and biotechnological engineers. They have the required laboratory equipment and often have a facility located in a specific 'biology park', close to their customers. They are engaged in a form of science and engineering, constructing proteins and natural chemicals to specific designs.
In some cases the materials produced are intended for ecological recovery, and biotechnology companies are beginning to work on designing entire organisms for use in reclamation. However, the vast majority of the products sold by these companies are single chemicals or enzymes, intended for further research or for educational purposes.
In many cases, these companies sell custom molecules, designed specifically for the needs of another laboratory or researcher. For example, they may make antibodies for disease research. Also falling into this category are those companies that specialize in making artificial genes and clones (meaning, in this case, copies of sections of DNA, not entire creatures).