With crop production across multiple states, the pilot plant producing materials, Martin started to gather momentum with customers interested in this novel elastomer. To demonstrate that guayule rubber was as good as or better than the traditional tropical rubber, Martin manufactured a series of medical exam and surgical gloves to be produced in house and tested. Telling your customers, the new guayule elastomer was great is one thing, proving it is vastly different. Going the extra mile, Martin filed a 510k with the FDA for certification, which was approved and granted – demonstrating guayule rubber was an equivalent replacement to crude, unrefined tropical rubber. From 2000 to 2016 dozens of patent applications were created and filed, establishing American BioRubber as the preeminent expert in guayule.