Behind every successful dietary supplement, there’s an extensive research and development (R&D) process that ensures the product’s safety, efficacy, and quality. Crafting a unique supplement formulation involves a systematic approach that integrates science, innovation, and industry expertise. At SolisLabs, we have chemists and formulators that have over 40 yrs experiencing doing just R&D.
As you work with our experts on developing the perfect formula for your brand, you will go through a step-by-step process to ensure your expectations are met.
Step 1: Ideation and Market Research
The formulation process kicks off with a thorough understanding of what type of product do you want to bring to market. Have you looked at market trends, consumer preferences, and emerging health needs? If so, we will ask you to share your findings with us, as it helps us build a formula based off the demographic you are looking to target. Our R&D team will gather insights to identify gaps in the market and potential opportunities for new supplements. These insights shape the initial concept for the formulation.
Step 2: Define the Supplement’s Purpose
Once the concept is established, the team defines the precise purpose of the supplement. Whether it’s targeting a specific health condition, providing nutritional support, or enhancing performance, a clear and specific objective is critical.
Step 3: Ingredient Selection
Selecting the right ingredients is a pivotal step in the formulation process. R&D experts evaluate various components, considering their safety, efficacy, compatibility, and sourcing. The goal is to choose ingredients that align with the supplement’s purpose and desired outcomes. At this point in the process, we ask that you share ingredients you wish to add and ingredients that you do not wish to have in the product.
Step 4: Dosage Determination
Determining the appropriate dosage of each ingredient is crucial for achieving the desired health benefits while ensuring safety. This step involves thorough research, referencing clinical studies, and conducting internal tests to establish the optimal amounts. Our R&D experts are able to advise on specific ingredients that are backed by science, should that be of importance to you.
Step 5: Formulation Development
During this phase, the R&D team combines the selected ingredients in specific ratios to create the supplement’s formula. They may also consider factors like bioavailability, ingredient synergy, and potential interactions between components.
Step 6: Sample Prototyping
Sample Prototyping allows the team to produce a small batch of the supplement for initial testing. This step helps in assessing the product’s sensory attributes, stability, and overall quality. Any necessary adjustments are made at this stage.
Creating an R&D formulation for dietary supplements is a complex and multi-faceted process that requires a combination of scientific expertise. From the initial concept to the finished product on the shelves, every step is crucial in ensuring the supplement’s safety, efficacy, and quality. Through rigorous research, ingredient selection, testing, and adherence to regulatory standards, R&D teams pave the way for innovative and effective supplements that address a wide range of health and wellness needs.