Company Description

Horphag Research (USA), Inc. is the exclusive North American supplier of Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) French maritime pine bark extract. Based in Hoboken, NJ, Horphag Research (USA) has the exclusive rights to market and sell Pycnogenol® and works with hundreds of companies to help them develop innovative and effective Pycnogenol® product formulas. The ingredient is available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multivitamins, cosmetic and functional food and beverage products worldwide.

Horphag Research, Horphag Research (USA)’s parent company, is the exclusive worldwide supplier and original developers of Pycnogenol®. The company mission remains deeply rooted in a commitment to scientific research surrounding high-quality nutritional ingredients and this is reflected in the quality of products offered to customers.

Horphag Research was founded in 1925 and is considered a pioneer of the dietary supplement and health food industry. In the 1960s, Horphag Research’s chairman, Charles Haimoff, developed a unique substance; the water-soluble flavonoid extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree—Pycnogenol®.

Over the past 40 years, Horphag Research has invested millions of dollars in scientific research and today Pycnogenol® is one of the most evidence-based health ingredients in the industry with more than 340 scientific publications confirming its safety, non-toxicity and clinical efficacy.

As a result of the company’s ongoing research agenda, a peer-reviewed monograph was published on Pycnogenol® by the American Botanical Council (ABC). The Pycnogenol® monograph focuses on 17 human clinical studies of the ingredient and evaluates a wide variety of its applications, including anti-inflammatory, circulatory and joint health properties.

Keeping in line with its commitment to science and innovation, comprehensive research and development programs continue to be carried out and new health applications for Pycnogenol® are explored every year.

Key Market Areas
Pycnogenol® is the brand name of a proprietary and patented antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. It is included in more than 700 dietary supplements, cosmetic products and functional foods and beverages worldwide.

Major Products
Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France and is found to contain a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, which offer extensive natural health benefits.

Pycnogenol® has four basic properties—it’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, helps generate collagen and hyaluronic acid, and aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide which helps to dilate blood vessels.

What’s New?

New Research

  • Pycnogenol® Found To Reduce Risk Factors of Metabolic Syndrome

The latest study on Pycnogenol® finds the patented extract to be effective in reducing health risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome. This study showed that those who supplemented healthy eating and exercise with Pycnogenol® were able to reach an almost normal body mass index and drastically improve their heart health.

  • Pycnogenol® Found To Lessen Symptoms of Perimenopause

A study on Pycnogenol® finds a low dose of the supplement to benefit women suffering from perimenopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats and heart palpitations. This particular study is the third clinical study to date with results that offer real relief to women who are suffering through uncomfortable symptoms every day like hot flashes, night sweats, bloating, panic attacks and heart palpitations.


  • Pycnogenol® was recently recognized as one of the most researched natural health solutions on the market by The American Botanical Council. Horphag Research, which produces Pycnogenol®, was awarded the prestigious Tyler Award in recognition of the extensive research that surrounds Pycnogenol® to ensure its efficacy and safety.

Horphag Research USA

5 Marine View Plaza, Suite 403
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5722
Tel.: (201)459-0300
Fax: (201)459-0055

Key Personnel

Frank Assumma, Director of Sales and Marketing
Alessandro Laiolo, Senior Sales Manager
Cheryl Costanzo, Director, Global Communications












Published in WholeFoods Magazine, July 2013