Western Orchids Laboratoryis run by Helen and Kevin Western and is situated at Coromandel East in South Australia. We have been in business since 1985.
Kevin is a Compounding Pharmacist who, among many other things pharmaceutical, has specialised in providing sterile intravenous nutrition fluids for human adults and newborns for 38 years. His experience in that area ultimately led to the development of our quite unique range of nutritious tissue culture medium for orchids.
He has been a major player in trace element requirement studies of newborns & adults; some of his formulae generated in this late 80’s are still in commercial use.
Kevin developed a pharmaceutical compounding centre in a major hospital which has given him invaluable knowledge and capability as a consultant in matters of formulae, practices, processes, facilities, equipment and aseptic technique.
This knowledge has extreme parallels in the orchid tissue culture industry.
Helen is a retired pharmacist who helps staff with replating, deflasking and repotting and who oversees the prompt dispatch of all orders.
We have 3 casual staff members besides ourselves who keep up with our tissue culture work.