Company news - May 2010

ChromaDex receives GSA contract
ChromaDex Corp, a world leader in phytochemical reference standards and contract testing services, has received a US General Services Administration Supply Contract for scientific services. The contract streamlines the process by which federal agencies can engage ChromaDex and purchase services, including all aspects of dietary-supplement testing, analytical method development and validation, contract research services, report and manuscript preparation, and laboratory technique training.

Gadot earns Grade A cert
Gadot Biochemical Industries (GBI) has attained Grade A certification from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for the manufacture of citric acid and sodium citrate. The BRC certification is designed to ensure food safety and high quality while setting unified standards for food and beverage manufacturers. Gadot, of Israel, is a leading supplier of crystalline fructose, citrate salts and enrichment minerals.

Patent for Pomella extracts
Verdure Sciences, a manufacturer of standardised botanical extracts, has been granted a patent covering its POMELLA extracts (the proprietary, clinically-researched pomegranate extract). US Patent 7,638,640, titled "Purifications of Pomegranate Ellagitannins and Their Uses," describes novel compositions and uses for the pomegranate ellagitannins, in particular the punicalagins. The patent, based on an invention developed at the University of California — Los Angeles and issued to its regents, covers a variety of compositions and uses for pomegranate ellagitannin-based products.

New patent for PEAK ATP
TSI Health Sciences has obtained a patent for its sports-nutrition ingredient PEAK ATP. The broad-patented claims cover methods for increasing muscle strength and muscle mass through oral supplementation of ATP, as well as steps of administering an effective amount of ATP.

Sugar and stevia team up
Imperial Sugar Co and PureCircle Limited have joined together in a joint venture called Natural Sweet Ventures. The venture brings together one of the largest marketers of refined sugar in North America, and PureCircle, the global leader in the production of high-purity stevia products. The exclusive North American joint venture will combine the benefits of both sugar and stevia to develop reduced-calorie naturally sweetened product solutions for beverages and foods.

Stratum joins UNPA
Stratum Nutrition, a division of Novus International that focuses on human nutrition through speciality ingredients, has joined the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA). UNPA is an association of dietary-supplements and functional-foods companies. New members in the organization are required to go through an evaluation process and are then accepted only by unanimous vote of UNPA members.

Non-GMO supplier directory
Evergreen Publishing has published The 2010 Non-GMO Sourcebook, the world's only 'farm to fork' directory of suppliers of nongenetically modified products. The new edition features more than 700 suppliers of non-GMO and organic products, and related services. For ordering information, visit www.non-gmore

R&D partnership to study BioVinca
Cyvex Nutrition has begun a research and development partnership with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies to examine the effects of vinpocetine (as BioVinca from Cyvex Nutrition) and fisetin, separately and in combination, on cognitive function. Three in vitro assays relevant to cognitive function and memory will be conducted to determine if these compounds work synergistically and if further testing is warranted.

Sabinsa opens NJ headquarters
The Sabinsa Corp inaugurated its new corporate headquarters in East Windsor, New Jersey. The 33,800 sq ft building provides expanded office and warehouse space. Five per cent of the total square footage is dedicated to R&D. Previously, the company had a separate R&D building in Princeton, New Jersey. The US research staff will collaborate with the company's R&D headquarters in Bangalore, India, as well as the company's research facilities around the globe. The location of the new facility is 20 Lake Drive, East Windsor, NJ, 08520. The phone number is +1 732-777-1111.

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