A Border-Free Collaboration for Natural Health

    Biotanika and NRC join forces in an R&D agreement

    CHARLOTTETOWN, and QUEBEC CITY, July 9 /CNW Telbec/ - When it comes to
natural health products research, Biotanika and the National Research Council
Canada (NRC) are reaching beyond borders. They 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.
    The public-private, interprovincial collaboration will also bring
together nature's true potential. Under the terms of the agreement, experts at
the 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," said 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," concluded Benoit Côte.
    "Helping translate health research into practical applications is an
important way that NRC assists Canadian companies like Biotanika," said Dr.
Pierre Coulombe, NRC President. "NRC's collaboration with Biotanika will
contribute to the scientific community's understanding of the potential
benefits of natural bioactive ingredients."
    Canadians want to know that natural health products are effective, safe
and of high quality. The research is expected to produce intellectual property
for safe natural health products based on multiple herbs.

    About Biotanika

    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
affecting 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
market. For more information, visit www.biotanika.com

    About NRC

    Recognized globally for research and innovation, the National Research
Council Canada (NRC) works hand in hand with partners from industry,
government and universities to help ignite the spark of innovation in
communities across the country and give Canadian companies a competitive edge
in today's marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

For further information:

For further information: Leslie Meerburg, Media Relations, National
Research Council Canada, (613) 990-1572, Leslie.Meerburg@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca;
Benoit Côte, President and CEO, Biotanika, (418) 653-3423 x1701,

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