LOS ANGELES, ITHACA, N.Y. & PLANT CITY, Fla., Nov 29, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Health Sciences Group, Inc. (HESG), an integrated provider of science-based products and ingredients to customers in the nutrition, skin care, food and beverage industries, and UTEK Corporation (UTK), a leading technology transfer company, announced today that Health Sciences Group has acquired Apple Peel Technologies, Inc. ("APTI"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of UTEK Corporation, in a stock transaction.
APTI holds the exclusive worldwide license to a patent-pending process to produce Apple Peel Powder developed at Cornell University. Apple Peel Powder is a proprietary nutraceutical and value-added ingredient that may be added to a variety of foods and beverages to enhance the nutritional content.
"We believe the phytochemical-rich content found in apple peels is exciting," says Fred E. Tannous, Co-Chairman and CEO of Health Sciences Group. "We are enthusiastic about the various applications for Apple Peel Powder as it presents us with an opportunity to enhance nutraceutical supplements and many foods and beverages with beneficial antioxidant activity. We envision improving the nutritional content of a wide variety of products, including cereals, sauces, granola bars, energy bars, fruit shakes and other healthy beverages by adding small amounts of this all-natural, concentrated antioxidant to achieve maximum health benefits."
"We are enthusiastic about working with Health Sciences Group to commercialize the Apple Peel Powder technology," says James Heitner, a Technology Manager at the Cornell Center for Technology, Enterprise and Commercialization at Cornell University. "It is estimated that in New York State alone approximately 20 million pounds of apple peel waste is generated each year from applesauce, fruit juice, and canned apple processing. Since the concentrations of total phenolic compounds in peels have been shown to exceed those found in the flesh of the apples, there may be significant health benefits from apples that are not being realized."
"UTEK is pleased to consummate this technology transfer with Health Sciences Group and we look forward to continuing our efforts to identify additional technology acquisition opportunities for their consideration," says Clifford M. Gross, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of UTEK.
About Health Sciences Group
Health Sciences Group, Inc. is an integrated provider of innovative products and services in the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and cosmeceutical industries offering value-added ingredients, bioactive formulations, and proprietary technologies used in nutritional supplements, functional foods and beverages, and skin care products. For more information, visit http://www.HSciences.com
About the Cornell Center for Technology, Enterprise, and Commercialization (CCTEC)
CCTEC's mission is to transfer technology from Cornell University to the marketplace and provide benefit to the public. CCTEC's staff licenses Cornell University technologies to established companies and start-ups. For more information, visit http://www.cctec.cornell.edu
About UTEK Corporation
UTEK is a leading, market-driven technology transfer company that enables companies to rapidly acquire innovative technologies from universities and research laboratories. UTEK is the only company that facilitates the identification and acquisition of external technologies for clients in exchange for their equity securities, while allowing research institutions to receive 100% of the royalties. This unique process is called U2B(R). UTEK seeks to transfer proprietary technologies to create product differentiation, resulting in a strategic marketplace advantage. For more information about UTEK, please visit its website at http://www.utekcorp.com.
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