GSK to take full ownership of Novartis stake in Consumer Healthcare Business for US$13bn

27 Mar 2018 --- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has reached an agreement with Novartis for the acquisition of Novartis’ 36.5 percent stake in its Consumer Healthcare Joint Venture for US$13 billion, just days after GSK exited the race to buy Pfizer's Consumer Healthcare Business. GSK reports that the Consumer Healthcare Business is well positioned to drive sales and earnings growth, powered by “category-leading Power Brands, science-based innovation and improved efficiencies.” Novartis reports that the sale will enable it to further focus on the development and growth of its core businesses.

Second DuPont Microbiome partnership to focus on “next-generation” probiotics

14 Mar 2018 --- A newly forged partnership between DuPont Nutrition & Health Microbiome Venture and the Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies (TFTAK) will aid strategic research and development of “next-generation” probiotics. This will mark DuPont Nutrition & Healthy Microbiome Venture’s second partnership in three months.

Lonza to expand Florida encapsulation capabilities amid product development acceleration

21 Feb 2018 --- Swiss multinational, chemicals and biotechnology company, the Lonza Group is planning to expand its late-stage clinical and commercial encapsulation capabilities for solid oral and inhaled dosage forms in North America. The company will install a new Harro Hӧfliger Modu-C MS encapsulation unit (Harro unit) at its integrated product development and manufacturing facility in Tampa, Florida, to strengthen production and bring its products to market faster.

Fermentation focus: Naturex and Cura sign distribution agreement for koji fermented minerals

31 Jan 2018 --- Naturex has signed a global distribution agreement via its Open Innovation program (Ingenium) with Ames-based Cura for their Koji Minerals line of fermented minerals for the dietary supplement and functional food markets. This year’s launches based on Koji fermentation are a stand-alone iron with optimal bioavailability and slow release effect (results supported by two clinical studies) and a blend of seven minerals (iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, chromium) particularly suitable for the multi minerals segment, Naturex reports.

Seventure Partners’ microbiome portfolio nears critical milestones 

18 Dec 2017 --- Seventure Partners, one of Europe’s leaders in financing innovation, and a world-leader in the venture investment in the microbiome sector, is seeing rapid progress from innovation into human trials, with five of its portfolio companies advancing their human microbiome products with varying modalities and therapeutics targets in clinical trials.

Frutarom finalizes AB-Fortis micro-encapsulation technology acquisition

13 Dec 2017 --- Frutarom has acquired AB-Fortis activities, including a patent-protected micro-encapsulation technology that enables delivery of iron with increased biological absorption. Frutarom announced the signing of an agreement with AB-Biotics S.A. of Spain for the acquisition of the activity of AB-Fortis in November.

New Biopolis probiotic mix helps reduce topical steroid use by atopic dermatitis patients

07 Dec 2017 --- Biopolis, majority owned by agricultural processor and food ingredient provider Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), has introduced a new probiotic mix designed to reduce the need for topical steroid use by Atopic Dermatitis (AD) patients. The clinical research recently published in JAMA Dermatology, an international peer-reviewed general medical journal, shows the benefits of consuming a mix of probiotics in reducing the need for topical steroids by AD patients.

Exercise changes gut microbiota independent of diet, researchers report

05 Dec 2017 --- Exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut, according to two studies – one in mice and the other in human subjects. The studies, which offer the first definitive evidence of the hypothesis, were designed to isolate exercise-induced changes from other factors – such as diet or antibiotic use – that might alter the intestinal microbiota.

Novel seaweed extracts: Cancer-inhibiting properties discovered in fucoidans

05 Dec 2017 --- Breakthrough research has confirmed that two unique compounds extracted from a specific seaweed have significant cancer-inhibiting properties. A series of animal studies undertaken at McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) have shown that the two fucoidans reduced tumor growth in select cancers and significantly improved the effectiveness of the common chemotherapy drug tamoxifen.

Cardiovascular risk in diabetes can be reduced using hormones, claims study

04 Dec 2017 --- Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center in the US have taken another step toward solving a long-standing puzzle about heart health in Type 2 diabetes, with a finding that eventually may point towards more personalized patient care. Genetic analysis has linked the hormone known as glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) with cardiovascular mortality risks.

Fibers and proteins among Naturex’s expansion and diversification strategy

24 Nov 2017 --- Over the past months, Naturex has moved to boost its presence in the natural nutrition market with the acquisition of Swedish Oat Fiber, a specialized manufacturer of oat dietary fibers, oils and proteins, as well as the signing of a global distribution agreement via its Open Innovation program (Ingenium) with a Colorado-based start-up, MycoTechnology, for their PureTaste, shiitake mushroom plant protein created by patent-pending fungi fermentation technology.

Roadmap: Researchers publish recommendations for successful EU health food claims

14 Nov 2017 --- Researchers have developed recommendations to help food companies successfully substantiate new health claims in the EU. During this study, published in the highly regarded Trends in Food Science & Technology, researchers from the University of Surrey worked with investigators in Slovenia and Denmark as part of the REDICLAIM project. Together, they clarified the process of attaining approval for new health claims on food products.

Frutarom fortifies portfolio with acquisition of AB-Fortis activity

08 Nov 2017 --- Frutarom has signed an agreement with AB-Biotics S.A. of Spain for the acquisition of the activity of AB-Fortis. The patent-protected micro-encapsulation technology enables delivery of iron with increased biological absorption while avoiding the side effects of metallic taste and digestive problems in the applications of functional foods and dietary supplements.

QHT short-chain inulin and galactooligosaccharide meet Chinese national standards

01 Nov 2017 --- Quantum Hi-Tech Biological Co., Ltd. (QHT) has announced that it is leading a “national standard sample era” of short-chain inulin and galactooligosaccharide (GOS). The company’s research into inulin and GOS national standard samples has achieved great success, the company says.

Digestive health: Naturex and Olene partner on ginger extract powder

30 Oct 2017 --- Naturex and India-based Olene have partnered through Ingenium, Naturex’s Open Innovation Program, to bring Gingest to the global market. Gingest is a new, highly standardized ginger extract powder for natural digestive health applications.

Naturex and Milne partner on Concord grape extract research and commercialization

16 Oct 2017 --- Naturex’s Open Innovation Program Ingenium has led to the signing of a collaboration agreement with Milne Fruit Products, Inc. to jointly fund human clinical research utilizing Milne’s Concord grape aqueous extract. Concord grape (Vitis labrusca) is a North American fruit, whose unique grapes are rich in health-promoting polyphenols. The natural specialty ingredients supplier launched the open innovation program in March 2016 with the aim of advancing technological breakthroughs and accelerating the introduction of new products through external collaborations.

DuPont Nutrition & Health debuts new plant-based, 90 percent protein nuggets

28 Sep 2017 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health has expanded its 90 percent protein nugget product range, with three new products which have an exceptionally high level of protein and are label friendly. These plant-based nuggets have a neutral flavor and crispy, crunchy texture and are ideal for use in snacks, cereals and nutrition bars, DuPont reports.

Nutritional supplements to bring out beauty from within

27 Sep 2017 --- Beauty through nutrition is a topic that has arguably long been underexplored outside of Asia. However, there is no shortage of companies or products looking to bring this trend to the rest of the world in different ways. Today, in the first part of a special report, NutritionInsight looks at the hottest ingredients in the beauty-from-within space.

Naturex looks to boost energy with cornelian and acerola cherry extracts

27 Sep 2017 --- Naturex has extended its “Beauty Food” range of natural skin care solutions made with ingredients derived from plants found in the food chain. The new “Energy Boost” collection is made up of two concepts formulated with cornelian and acerola cherry extracts.

Naturex signs distribution agreement with MycoTechnology for shiitake mushroom protein

19 Sep 2017 --- Naturex has signed a global distribution agreement via its Open Innovation program (Ingenium) with Colorado-based start-up MycoTechnology for its PureTaste, a shiitake mushroom plant protein with nine essential and 11 non-essential amino acids.

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