COLUMBIA, Md., June 13, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- DHA omega-3 innovator Martek Biosciences announced today that its flagship product, life'sDHA(TM), is now featured in Pro-PL protein supplement, a product of British Biologicals, a Bangalore based nutraceutical company. Designed to meet the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women, each 200 g. tin of Pro-PL is fortified with life'sDHA(TM), a vegetarian form of DHA omega-3. DHA is a fatty acid important for brain, eye, and nervous system development in infants and may play a role in a healthy pregnancy and maternal well-being. Pro-PL is designed to provide health-conscious women with 29 essential vitamins (such as folic acid and iron) and minerals that they may be missing in their daily diet. The protein powder is available in three flavors: chocolate, vanilla and cardamom, and is available in select retailers throughout India.
"We are pleased to be working with British Biologicals on this nutrition packed protein supplement. Pro-PL is now providing women with the opportunity to benefit from life'sDHA(TM) along with other key nutrients for health," said Steve Dubin, Martek's CEO.
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. Scientific reviews have noted the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye development and function, and there are studies currently 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.
British Biologicals, a Bangalore based company, is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of nutritional supplements. The company, founded in 1988, has a fully automated manufacturing facility in Bangalore, Karnataka, India that fulfils the US FDA and WHO GMP standards.
Martek Biosciences Corporation (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'sDHA(TM), a sustainable and vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements, and life'sARA(TM) (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences, visit http://www.martek.com/ or contact Vasta Biotech, a distributor of Martek products in India, [email protected].
Sections of this release contain forward-looking statements concerning, among other things, expectations regarding British Biologicals Pro-PL protein supplement with life'sDHA(TM) product launch, customer acceptance of British Biologicals Pro-PL protein supplement with life'sDHA(TM), and widespread use of life'sDHA(TM). 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-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006 and other filed reports on Form 10- K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.