Biotechnology & Life Sciences

Scientific instrumentation design and contract manufacturing for Biotechnology and Life Sciences firms


Innovation and research are the cornerstones of the biotechnology and life sciences industry.

contract manufacturing for biotechnologyFor every new breakthrough or discovery, there are complex diagnostic instruments, analytical instruments, medical devices, testing equipment and many other specialized products that need to be designed and manufactured.

But getting those products to market in a timely manner can be a major challenge for many companies.

Biotech and life sciences firms are staffed largely by scientists, biologists and researchers.  Many are not equipped internally to design and build physical products.  Even those that are equipped are often over committed and behind schedule.

Product Resources is an ISO-certified firm providing contract manufacturing for biotechnology and life sciences firms.  All of our final assembly and testing work is performed domestically at our facility in Newburyport, Massachusetts (USA).


We specialize in complex instrumentation

Since 1979, Product Resources has been a leading provider of engineering design and contract manufacturing services.

We work with scientific and industrial manufacturers to transform preliminary drawings and product concepts into a wide variety of end-products including instruments, tools, systems, platforms and devices.

We specialize in the design and production of complex scientific instruments, measuring equipment and medical devices with low-to-medium volume manufacturing runs. 


What we’ve done for other Biotechnology firms

Our experience with biotechnology and life sciences firms is wide and varied.  Here are some examples of recent projects:

Automated Protein Digestion instrumentation: We designed and built an automated system for in-gel or in-solution digestion of proteins prior to mass spec, MALDI, LC/MS analysis.  Precision mechanical assemblies, electrical and electronic controls, robotics and liquid handling technologies are the key attributes to this instrument.

Spectroscopy: We developed instrumentation for high through-sample measurement for microtiter plates or slides using Raman spectroscopy.  System configurations consist of automated precision mechanical and electrical controls, robotics, data storage, and laser technology.

 Array Printing: We designed and developed Instrumentation to accomplish the task of printing live cell arrays, biofabrication/bioprinting and tissue engineering.  This task is performed utilizing automated electrical and mechanical controls, liquid handling and precision robotics.

Protein Electrophoresis: We built instrumentation capable of high resolution fractionation of varied sample types which are then integrated with mass spectrometry or other means for data analysis.  The instrument incorporates mechanical bath agitation electrical/electronic bath control, custom power supplies in a bench top format.

Cryogenic Sample Preparation: We developed large format and bench top instrumentation to support the biobank industry.  Systems provide multiple frozen sample aliquots from a single frozen biological sample.  These systems span varied technologies from cryogenic thermal management, multi axis robotics, custom precision tooling, precision mechanical and electronic assemblies, power management, custom software and imbedded systems.


Our turnkey approach

Product Resources brings the entire product design and development process literally under one roof in our 33,000-square foot facility in Newburyport, MA.

With our one-stop, turnkey approach, we can reduce the inevitable risks of using multiple vendors for different stages in the design and development process.

When you collaborate with Product Resources, you can feel confident that your project will move seamlessly from one step to the next:

Product Concept – our industrial designers can take your ideas and show you how a finished product will look and feel.  We use models 3-D simulations and conceptual renderings to help you visualize the end product.

Engineering Design – our design engineers will turn your product specifications into working prototypes and proof of concept.

Compliance – when ready, our design team will submit your prototypes and related documentation to the appropriate regulatory agencies for certification and approval.

Quality- backed by our multiple ISO certifications, you can be sure that quality will be a priority in each step of the planning and product development process.

Manufacturing – when your product is ready for the manufacturing phase, we take care of everything.  We procure the raw materials, manage the suppliers, set up the assembly line or work cell and train the technicians and assemblers.

Sustaining Services – once your product is in market, we provide the necessary product service and support including product repairs, calibrations and replacement parts.


Our engineering expertise runs deep

It takes a team to bring a new product to market. And often, that means more than one engineering discipline.

At Product Resources, we have put together a group of highly skilled engineers from multiple disciplines to meet the various product needs of our clients.

This expertise includes:

  • industrial design
  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • embedded systems design
  • software development
  • printed circuit board design
  • manufacturing engineering

While our in-house engineers can meet the needs of most of our clients, we recognize that some projects occasionally require additional skills.  For those situations, we also have on-call access to very specialized engineers and engineering teams.


The need for speed

The biotechnology and life sciences industry is fast moving and highly competitive.

Company executives are under great pressure from investors and shareholders to secure patents and bring products to market quickly and without complication.

When products need to be designed and developed, delays or mistakes can be costly.  There is little time to gear up and build a new team for production.  And there is little patience for trial and error or learning on the job.

With Product Resources, you’ll find a product design and production team with the experience to hit the ground running.


Keeping an eye on quality

You may not know us, but you know what ISO quality certification means.  And we have what you’re looking for.  We are:

  • ISO 9001-approved for engineering design, development, manufacturing and service
  • ISO 13485-approved for medical device manufacturing and service. Both approvals are certified by TUV.
  • ISO/IEC 80079-34 approved for engineering design, manufacturing and service, audited by TRaC Global, for equipment and instrumentation used in explosive atmospheres.


Regulatory compliance

Every design and development project needs to move forward with one eye steadily focused on the appropriate regulatory requirements.

Which requirements you face will depend on your industry, the product you’re creating and where you plan to distribute it.

Every product will be subject to a range of consumer protection, environmental, workplace safety and performance standards.

Compliance is needed throughout the product development process– from the suppliers’ raw materials to the design and manufacturing process to distribution and supply chain management.

We work in accordance with all major industry standards such as CSA, FM, CE, and UL.  Our team has experience with regulatory agencies from all parts of the globe.


Come see us and take a tour

Product Resources is located in a newly-remodeled, 33,000-square-foot facility in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Our manufacturing facility – which can be easily expanded as needed – is equipped with a large, modern batch assembly area as well as work cells designed for continuous, higher-volume manufacturing.

Other features include:

  • 21,000 square foot Manufacturing Plant
  • 540 cubic foot Thermal Burn-In Room
  • High Power Test Stands
  • Automated Assembly Tools
  • High Volume Manufacturing Cells
  • Highly Skilled Employees
  • Complete ESD Protection
  • Fully Equipped Test Facilities
  • Complete Service/Repair Department
  • ISO 9001 Certified
  • ISO 13485 Certified
  • Automated Wire Prep Machinery
  • ERP Manufacturing Software



Or call us with your questions

We welcome all inquiries.  If you are looking to outsource your product design and development process, call us and let’s talk about your plans.

Even if it’s very early in the process, we’re happy to answer your questions and provide you with some initial guidance.

Call John Erickson at 978-524-8400.  Or send him an email at

It’s never too early to start a conversation.


Request an Information Package and Capabilities Overview

To learn more about our background, experiences and capabilities, call and ask for an introductory Information Package and Capabilities Overview.

Contact Paul Ermanski at 978-524-8500 ext. 335 or


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