Part 2: Licensing, IP and Alliances (May 2005)

[5/31/2005] Imperial Optical, Inc. Partners with DaVinci Laboratories
US-based wholesale contact lens distributor Imperial Optical, Inc. has announced a strategic partnership with US-based supplement company DaVinci Laboratories under which DaVinci will provide online access to an exclusive line of eye health supplements to Imperial Optical’s ECP WebSolutions subscribers.
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[5/26/2005] Enzymatic Therapy Reacquires Remifemin(R) Distribution Rights
US-based supplement company Enzymatic Therapy has announced that it has acquired distribution rights for Remifemin(R)natural menopausal therapy product. According to the company, the transaction is effective June 20, 2005 when rights for the product will be transferred, and the company will will partner with Shaper & Brummer, GmbH & Co. KG, (German manufacturer of Remifemin), to increase product distribution and market share.
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[5/25/2005] Super CitriMax(R) Granted New Patent
US-based ingredient company InterHealth Nutraceuticals Inc. has announced that Super CitriMax(R), the company's calcium/potassium (-)hydroxycitric acid (HCA) weight loss ingredient, has been granted U.S. Patent No. 6,875,891, which covers the ingredient's manufacturing process, which yields a product that is highly soluble and bioavailable.
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[5/25/2005] Lifeway Foods Enters Agreement With Target Corporation
Kefir product company Lifeway Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWAY) has announced that it has formalized an agreement with Target Corporation to provide four flavors of LowFat Kefir -- Strawberry, Banana Strawberry, Raspberry, and Cherry in select Target stores.
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[5/24/2005] PharmaNutrients Unveils Patent-pending Business Method Delivering Faster and Easier Route to Market For Clients
Ingredient supplier PharmaNutrients has introduced a new patent-pending business method to help clients minimize new product development risks and time to market. According to the company, the turnkey system provides clients the use of patents, FDA-filed structure-function claims, scientific substantiation, and a library of intellectual property, as well as branding, packaging and a wealth of marketing materials including consumer websites, collateral and print.
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[5/24/2005] Fytokem Announces Pharmaceutical Marketing Agreement
Canada-based Fytokem Products Inc. has announced its intention to to enter into an exclusive marketing agreement with India-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, Unimarck Pharma (India) Ltd. under which Unimarck the exclusive right to use Fytokem's Tyrostat(TM) and Canadian Willowherb(TM) product lines in the pharmaceutical market in India.
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[5/19/2005] General Nutrition Buys US rights to Olibra
According to an article on, Sweden-based LTP Lipid Technologies Provider AB has signed a license and supply agreement with US-based supplement retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC), providing GNC with exclusive rights to LTP's Olibra satiety ingredient for the US dietary supplement market. According to the article, Olibra is derived from palmoil and oat oil and prolongs the feeling of fullness. GNC has launched Olibra as an extension of their 'total Lean' brand named 'Total Lean-Reduce'.
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[5/19/2005] P.L. Thomas to Represent LycoMato® Product Line in the Food and Beverage Industries
US-based ingredient supplier P.L. Thomas & Co., Inc. (PLT) and Israel-based LycoRed Natural Products Industries, Ltd. have announced that PLT will represent the LycoRed product line in the food, beverage and functional food markets, serving the eastern third of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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[5/16/2005] Fonterra, Clover in Joint Dairy Venture
According to an article on, New Zealand-based dairy company Fonterra and South Africa-based dairy company Clover have formed a joint venture, Clover Fonterra Ingredients, to handle the marketing of bulk dairy ingredients, mainly milk powder.
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[5/13/2005] Manitoba Harvest Partners with Leading Distributor to go Nationwide
Canada-based Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils has announced that its products are available through all 10 United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) warehouses across the United States.
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[5/11/2005] Pharmachem Enters Joint Venture with Proprietary Nutritionals
US-based Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc. and Canada-based Proprietary Nutritionals, Inc. have entered into a joint venture which will operate as Proprietary Nutritionals, Inc. (PNI) which is intended to enhance PNI's ability to launch new, branded ingredients.
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[5/10/2005] Bumble Bee Seafoods and Leiner Health Products Announce New Fish Oil Supplements Marketing Agreement
US-based branded seafood company Bumble Bee and manufacturer Leiner Health Products have announced a marketing agreement and joint sales effort to produce and marketfish oil supplements under the Bumble Bee brand beginning summer 2005. According to the release, the offering will include a high-potency option containing 1,200-milligram softgels each providing 216 milligrams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 144 milligrams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), with a vanilla scent and enteric coating, as well as a value priced offering containing 1,000-milligram softgels each offering 180 milligrams of EPA and 120 milligrams of DHA. USA Today has posted an article about the announcement and strategy.
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[5/5/2005] Glanbia Nutritionals in Deal with Nurture, Inc.
According to an article on, Ireland-based Glanbia Nutritionals has announced a partnership with US-based ingredient company Nurture Inc under which it will become European distributor for Nurture's OatVantage at beta-glucan ingredient.
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[5/5/2005] O.C. Lugo and Allied Biotech in Alliance
US-based ingredient supplier O.C. Lugo Company has announced that China-based Allied Biotech Corp., producer of beta-Carotene and other carotenoids, has appointed the company as their sales agent to the U.S. Food Industry.
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[5/3/2005] Blue California Introduces Novel Sterilization Procedure
Ingredient supplier blue California, has announced the approval of a new sterlization process using ozone at the company's manufacturing facility in China.
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[5/2/2005] Senomyx Announces Expansion and Extension of Collaboration With Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
US-based Senomyx, Inc. (SNMX) has announced an expansion and extension of its research and development agreement with Kraft Foods Global, Inc. running until July 30, 2005. According to the company, during this period, Senomyx will work with Kraft Foods on an exclusive basis on the discovery and development of novel flavor modifiers in a new product field in the dessert category.
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[5/2/2005] Biogaia Granted New Patent In Europe
Sweden-based Biogaia AB has announced that it has been granted a European patent for the use of the bacterium Reuteri for reducing dehydration in subjects experiencing acute diarrhoea and vomiting.
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