The main microorganisms used are nonpathogenic actinomycetes, Nocardia and Streptomycetes. The fungi used are: Penicillium, Aspergillus, Fusarium and the like. None of these is a human pathogen.
Fermentek does not sell to individuals. Most of its products are marketed through major international distributors specializing in chemicals, under their own brand names. Nevertheless, Fermentek has specific impact on the biochemical market, especially in the field of field of mycotoxins.
As is explained elsewhere, mycotoxins are toxic compounds produced by molds in human food and farm animal feeds, thus being economically important factors. Fermentek manufactures an extensive line of pure mycotoxins used as standards in food analysis. In some cases, such as Aflatoxin M2, Fermentek supplies the entire world's requirements.
In 2009 Fermentek announced a product-family of highly standardized calibrant solutions of main mycotoxins. These are marketed under the brandname FermaSol. In 2010 it obtained 'ISO 13485' accreditation in the connection with the production of starting materials for experimental drug production, and with manucacturing of reference standards of food contaminants.
None of Fermentek's products have been invented by it. Fermentek's aim is to make compounds already known, affordable to the scientific community.
Fermentek was founded by Dr Yosef Behrend in 1994. It moved in 2004 to its new building, quadrupling its working space and greatly enlarging its manufacturing capacities.