EAGAN, Minn., Jul 29, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wellmune WGP(R), a natural immune-enhancing functional food and beverage ingredient from Biothera, received a 2007 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award today at the Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT) annual meeting in Chicago.
Wellmune WGP was one of six award recipients honored for outstanding innovation in products, ingredients, applications, instruments, equipment, technology, and services. The selection panel was composed of nine jurors from industry, academia, and government with expertise in ingredients, product development, processing and packaging technology, instrumentation, microbiology, quality control & assurance, and food safety reviewed all entries.
Judging criteria included:
-- Degree of innovation
-- Solves a problem relevant to food science and technology
-- Technical advancement
-- Benefits to food manufacturers
-- Benefits to consumers
-- Scientific merit
"We are honored to be selected from so many outstanding and innovative food ingredients," said Richard G. Mueller, Biothera president and chief executive officer. "We believe this award reflects the significant technology investment in Wellmune WGP as well as its potential to become the premier immune enhancement ingredient in the food and beverage industry."
Judges of the 2007 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award had this to say about Wellmune WGP:
-- "In many parts of the world, immunity is gaining importance with consumers. Data showed good preliminary evidence that the supplement was strengthening the body's immune response when fighting a challenge. Biothera appears to have carved out good IP space to protect their techniques extracting/producing the carbohydrate. Could it be combined with a probiotic to make the idea stronger?"
-- "A significant innovation representing the culmination of many years of research and study, that has led to a functional ingredient that could have significant public health benefits to improve the human immune response. The practical application of this compound has been through the incorporation in a soluble form for foods and beverages. The submission has significant scientific merit and is extremely well presented."
-- "Great concept. Too good to be true? I would take it."
Wellmune WGP Benefits
Wellmune WGP engages the body's natural defenses to promote health, wellness and vitality. Numerous clinical and preclinical studies demonstrate that Wellmune WGP activates key human immune cells, including macrophages and neutrophils, to more quickly recognize and kill foreign challenges. More than a dozen peer-reviewed science and medical journals have published research on the safety and efficacy of Wellmune WGP over the past several years.
In addition, Wellmune WGP is:
-- GRAS-approved (Generally Recognized as Safe) under the provisions of U.S. Food and Drug Administration 21CFR170.35. Wellmune WGP can be taken daily.
-- GMO-free, kosher and nonallergenic.
-- Available as a soluble and insoluble powder for ease of formulation in a wide range of foods and beverages, including clear liquids.
-- Characterized by its pleasant sensory qualities.
-- Protected by Biothera's intellectual property portfolio that includes more than 40 U.S. patents and patents pending, plus additional filings in more than 20 countries.
Wellmune WGP is available worldwide through Biothera and its distributors, including The E.T. Horn Company (U.S), DKSH (Europe) and Nippon Biothera (Japan, Korea). Biothera can be visited at booth number 4227 at the IFT annual meeting.
About the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
Founded in 1939, and with world headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the Institute of Food Technologists is a not-for-profit international scientific society with 22,000 individual members working in food science, technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to the public discussion of food issues. For more information, visit www.IFT.org.
About Biothera, the Immune Health Company
Biothera is a biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health. The company manufactures and markets food-grade ingredients that support healthy immune function to the functional food, nutritional supplement, cosmetic and animal nutrition markets. Biothera is also developing pharmaceuticals that engage the innate immune system to fight cancer. Other applications include hematopoiesis (production of blood cells) and infectious disease. Website: www.biotherapharma.com.