An entrepreneur was in discussion with a Chinese company for the rights to market and sell their patented antimicrobial compound in the US. He contacted EMSL because he wanted third party verification that the antimicrobials performed as described by the Chinese company. EMSL was able to test plastics designed for use in medical equipment that was imbedded with the antimicrobial compound as well as raw extracts. EMSL found that the raw extracts did have antimicrobial properties but that the plastic did not show the same property. There was no antimicrobial properties in the plastic and the entrepreneur was able to discuss these findings with the Chinese company before investing much capital.