Herbanext Laboratories, Inc., based in Bago City, Negros Occidental, is the country’s pioneer and leader in the production of spray-dried herbal extracts. It is the brainchild of multiawarded agri-entrepreneur and 2005 TOYM Awardee Philip S. Cruz. Founded in 2001 as a small agricultural enterprise focused on the cultivation and processing of the medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lucidum, Herbanext underwent major transformation in 2006 expanding to other medicinal plants and tapping into the country’s vast botanical diversity. With assistance from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology, the company expanded and modernized its manufacturing plant in 2011 putting up the country’s first purpose-built extraction and spray-drying facility for Philippine botanicals. This state-of-the-art and GMP accredited facility is now paving the way to an industry shift from the traditional use of powdered herbs to the use of more potent herbal extracts.