Company Profile:

In 1947, Charles C. Worthington founded Worthington Biochemical Company in Freehold, New Jersey, for the purpose of preparing enzymes for the growing biochemical research community. Through the years Worthington has been bought and sold several times, and in 1987 it returned to the Worthington family. The third generation is now working at the lab and helps maintain our commitment to providing high-purity enzymes and related biochemical products.

As we wrote in the 1961 Worthington Enzyme Manual, "Suggestions for new products are always welcome and although it is sometimes impossible for us to comply with some of the special requests, all are thoroughly considered. Many of the new products herein listed were so initiated. We would like to thank our many friends for their past cooperation and to wish them continued success in their future undertakings."

Enzymes are still the major product of Worthington. Technically speaking, we do not actually make enzymes: we extract them from various animal and plant tissues and microbial sources such as bacteria, fungi and molds. A starting material is selected according to the prevalence of a certain enzyme in the material. The most important feature of each of our products is that it functions just as it would in the living cells from which it was extracted. The size and complexity of protein molecules make this difficult, and Worthington's ability to consistently produce enzymes and other proteins in their natural condition is the key to the company's continuing success.

Worthington has reestablished its research and development program in two areas: classic enzymology and molecular biology. While we no longer have the necessary size to support a large in-house R&D staff, we work jointly with various researchers at universities and institutes in developing new products. Current research has moved away from studying enzymes themselves, but the demand for enzymes in the research lab has not changed.