Santa Ana, CA-based Robinson Pharma Inc. received a quality certification for its compliance with the STR RQP standard of manufacturing. According to the firm, it passed a “rigorous, multi-day, in-depth inquiry into all aspects of facilities, production practices, staff training and qualifications, and ingredient and finished product testing and standards.”

Enzymotec, headquartered in Israel with U.S. offices in Morristown, NJ, developed of a stability test that can be used to “validate the quality and stability of our krill over time and under accelerated conditions. That simple test measures Krill oil complex susceptibility to oxidation and allows comparing between different sources of Krill if necessary,” stated Dr. Eyal Afergan director of nutrition process development.

Nutraceuticals International LLC of Elmwood Park, NJ launched a redesigned Web site, The firm says the site has a new look, is better organized and easier to navigate. Also new is

NSF International of Ann Arbor, MI, developed a new voluntary Stability Testing Guideline that is intended to offer support for expiration dating that will comply with current good manufacturing practices for dietary supplements.
innoVactiv of Rimouski, QC, Canada and its partner Idealfarma of Anapolis, Brazil, will market the InSea2 ingredient in Brazil. This brown seaweed-derived ingredient is intended to help “diminish the hyper-glycemic peak that follows a high glycemic meal,” says innoVactiv.

Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Ph.D., director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at The Brain Institute at The University of Utah, gave a presentation about Cognitizin from Kyowa Hakko of New York, NY, at the SupplySide Science Tour. She spoke of a six-week study in which those taking 500 or 2,000 mg of Cognizin daily experienced “statistically significant improvements in attention, focus, memory and recall.”

EVA Pharma and Lonza of Basel, Switzerland signed a multi-year supply agreement for Carnipure tartrate and Carnipure crystalline.

Maypro Industries of Purchase, NY opened a subsidiary called Maypro Kosher Ingredients, LLC, which will be focused on supplying only kosher botanical and nutraceutical ingredients.

Newport Beach, CA–based BioCell Technology LLC received Frost & Sullivan’s 2010 North American Customer Value Enhancement of the Year Award in the bone and joint health ingredients. This annual award is given to firms that “demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value through research and development activities, with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its products,” says BioCell.

San Diego, CA-based Quality Assurance International (QAI) now offers a joint “EcoSocial” and organic auditing program accredited certifier, IBD. Says QAI, EcoSocial certification is based on standards and recommendations established by organizations such as the International Labour Organization, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International, and Social Accountability in Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Aker BioMarine of Oslo, Norway, along with the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, and the Marine Research Assessment Group (MRAG) Ltd., will support an acoustic survey off the tip of Antarctica in an effort to “support sustainable fishing practices and to assist in the collection of scientific data to monitor the health and size of the krill biomass in Antarctica,” the krill oil supplier states. Aker BioMarine will offer its krill trawler to the researchers for five days annually.  

Albion Human Nutrition of Saint Clair Shores, MI will fund a 10-week clinical study taking place at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Says the company, “The study will analyze the impact of magnesium creatine chelate (Creatine Magna Power), magnesium creatine chelate plus whey protein stack, and placebo on physical performance.”

Biothera of Eagan, MN announced that XSTO Solutions of Morristown, NJ is now the eastern U.S. distributor of its Wellmune WGP ingredient.

Chitin-glucan fiber ingredient, ARTINIA, from Stratum Nutrition of St. Louis, MO, now has self‐affirmed GRAS status.

Noblesville, IN-based Verdure Sciences secured two more Notices of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for patent its Pomella pomegranate extract brands.

DKSH of Zurich, Switzerland, will globally support Algea’s market expansion in France, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and China. Algea makes seaweed products.

Laub BioChemicals Corporation of Newport Beach, CA selected the Baker Dillon Group to be its marketing firm. “Baker Dillon Group will work with Laub BioChem to develop greater industry online visibility through enhanced website development, trade publication advertising and publicity. Laub BioChem will also have a greater presence at industry trade shows including Supply Expo West and SupplySide West,” stated the Baker Dillon Group.

Algatechnologies of Israel announced its AstaPure brand has obtained GRAS status from the FDAs.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine April 2011 (online 2/24/11)