Landec uses its expertise in polymer and material science, application development and innovation capabilities to develop and commercialize new products primarily for our core food and biomedical businesses. In addition, Landec works with market-leading companies to develop and commercialize differentiated polymer-based products. Over our two decades in operation we have developed and commercialized a number of innovative products that have created real market value:
- Innovative packaging that enabled our fresh-cut specialty packaged vegetable subsidiary, Apio, to grow from $5 million dollars a year in value-added business to over $170 million dollars per year.
- Innovative seed coatings that allow farmers to plant crops weeks earlier than they used to, enabling them to achieve higher yields by better managing planting cycles and natural variations in weather all while achieving greater efficiency and reducing risk.
- Innovative biomaterials such as hyaluronan for cataract surgery. Landec’s subsidiary Lifecore Biomedical pioneered the manufacture of this biopolymer through a fermentation process.
- Innovative rheological control properties for personal care products that are now used in over 50 commercial products world-wide.
Landec works to generate new product concepts, synthesize new materials, formulate them into model products, demonstrate performance that yields a competitive advantage, and bring the product from laboratory to commercial scale.