Natural health products company enters into R & D agreement with Canadian NRC
By Maria DiDanieli
Biotanika and the National Research Council
Canada (NRC) have signed a collaborative
research agreement bridging expertise from a private company and a federal R&D
organization, and involving teams drawn from Quebec and Prince Edward Island.
Recognized globally for research and innovation, the National Research
Council of Canada (NRC) works with partners from industry,
government and universities to support innovation in
communities across the country, and give Canadian companies a competitive edge
in today's marketplace.
Biotanika specializes in the development and distribution of
naturally-based products. These products, with proven efficacy, provide an
alternative to prescription drugs to people suffering from pathologies
that affect their quality of life.
Biotanika Health is a commercial unit addressing the Human Health market
and Biotanika Animal is a commercial unit addressing the companion animal
Under the terms of the agreement, experts at
the Canadian NRC Institute for Nutrisciences and Health will conduct research to
identify novel synergistic activities in multi-herb formulations. This work
will help the company develop products for use in the management of pain and
"We are proud to collaborate with the NRC Institute for Nutrisciences and
Health in bringing an innovative and highly credible approach to the
nutraceutical market," says Benoit Côte, President and CEO of Biotanika. "Our
promise is to provide safe and efficient alternative products to prescription
drugs and with such a world-renowned collaborator as NRC we feel confident in
achieving our goals."
Pierre Coulombe, NRC President adds, "Helping translate health research into practical applications is an
important way that NRC assists Canadian companies like Biotanika. NRC's collaboration with Biotanika will
contribute to the scientific community's understanding of the potential
benefits of natural bioactive ingredients."
The research is expected to produce intellectual property
for safe natural health products based on multiple herbs.