COLUMBIA, Md., Nov 30, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- DHA omega-3 innovator Martek Biosciences Corporation (Nasdaq: MATK) announced today that Italian company Centrale Del Latte Di Brescia has launched Sprintissimo(TM) fortified drinkable yogurt with life'sDHA(TM). Now available in major supermarket chains throughout Italy, Sprintissimo(TM) is a probiotic product offered in both strawberry and banana flavors and enriched with vegetarian DHA omega-3, calcium and vitamin D. The yogurt is being marketed to children and adults for its calcium and brain health benefits.
"Sprintissimo(TM) fortified drinkable yogurt illustrates the growing awareness of the health benefits of DHA both in Italy and around the world," said Steve Dubin, CEO of Martek Biosciences. "Martek is pleased to be working with Centrale Del Latte Di Brescia, a trusted company that has developed a healthy, delicious product featuring Martek's life'sDHA(TM)."
DHA omega-3 is a long chain omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a primary building block for the brain and the eye and supports brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life. There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that people of all ages, from infants to aging adults, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA omega-3 in the diet. Several recent scientific reviews have noted the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye function, and there are large clinical studies underway to evaluate its role in decreasing the prevalence of certain neurological disorders.
Martek's life'sDHA(TM) is unique in the market because it is derived from a sustainable and vegetarian source. Made from microalgae under tightly controlled manufacturing conditions, life'sDHA(TM) is free of oceanic contaminants that may be present in certain fish or fish oils. Microalgae are the only vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, the key omega-3 for brain development and function.
Centrale Del Latte Di Brescia of Italy began in 1930 with a promise of quality dairy products and safe distribution to its citizens. Known for its innovation, use of new technology and ability to follow industry guidelines, Centrale Del Latte Di Brescia follows strict standards for high-quality products that consumers can trust.
Martek Biosciences Corporation (Nasdaq: MATK) is a leader in the innovation and development of DHA omega-3 products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. The Company produces life's DHA(TM), a sustainable and vegetarian source of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements, and ARA (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences, visit http://www.martek.com.
Sections of this release contain forward-looking statements concerning, among other things, expectations regarding Centrale Del Latte Di Brescia's Sprintissimo(TM) product launch. These statements are based upon numerous assumptions which Martek cannot control and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ. These statements should be understood in light of the risk factors set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2006 and other filed reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.