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BELOIT, WI – April 20, 2017 – Taking Wellmune®, the natural immune health ingImage of the Nutrition Journalredient, led to fewer upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) and reduced the duration of URTI symptoms in older adults, a new study suggests. The study was recently published in the clinical journal, Nutrition and hints at the potential for Wellmune to improve general immune health during aging.

“As we age, our immune system slows and impacts the body’s ability to fight off health challenges such as respiratory infections,” said Donald Cox, Ph.D., Director of R&D for Wellmune. “This study not only demonstrates the immune health benefits Wellmune can provide older adults but builds upon on a body of published research showing Wellmune can improve general immune health.”

Wellmune is a natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system. A proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan, Wellmune is supported by over a dozen clinical studies. Research has shown Wellmune is safe and can help promote healthy energy levels and mental clarity.

The population of the world is getting older, presenting both a challenge and opportunity for product manufacturers. With more older adults moving towards a preventative approach to their health, immune health is a sought after benefit for this consumer group. Meeting aging consumers’ needs for safe, effective products that help them realize their wellness goals will bring innovation into the market.

“We are committed to providing a safe and natural immune health ingredient backed by credible science,” added Don Cox. “This research can help communicate the efficacy and reinforce the immune health benefits of Wellmune. It also helps our customers develop products that meet the demands of a growing consumer segment, so seniors can be well and stay well.”

Study Protocol and Results:
The study was conducted by the University of Southampton in the UK, with 100 healthy adults aged 50-70 years consuming 250 mgs of Wellmune or a placebo for 90 days. Conducted during the peak cold and flu season, the study was randomized, double-blinded and placebo controlled. Results showed daily supplementation with oral beta 1,3/1,6 glucan [Wellmune] may protect against URTIs and reduce the duration of URTI symptoms once present in older people. This may be linked to effects on innate immune function. Larger studies are needed to confirm the benefits of beta 1,3/1,6 glucan on URTIs in older people.

 

About Wellmune®
Wellmune is a leading food, beverage and supplement ingredient clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system so people of all ages can be well and stay well. A proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan, Wellmune is patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic, GMO-free, gluten-free, and Informed-Sport certified. As a global brand available in more than 60 countries, Wellmune has regulatory approval in major markets including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel food approval in Europe and China. A recipient of numerous industry awards, Wellmune is part of Kerry’s nutrition and wellness portfolio. For more information, visit Wellmune.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Contact: 
Molly Fitzgerald
Digital Marketing Communications – Wellmune®
+1 (612) 309-6792
molly.fitzgerald@kerry.com

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For a large and growing consumer base, maintaining a healthy immune system is an important part of their quality of life. Because of this, consumers are proactively searching for immune health products to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. While purchase interest for immune health products remains strong, we see a gap in product availability. To take a visual look at the direction consumer demand is moving, we created the infographic: Meeting the Needs of Today’s Immune Health Consumer.

The market:
The functional food, beverage, and supplement markets are large and growing. According to a Euromonitor global survey (2016), the functional food and beverage market is estimated to be $247 billion globally, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% through 2021; while the vitamins and dietary supplement category is an estimated $91 billion, with a CAGR of 3.3% through 2021.

Market drivers:
What is driving this growth? It wasn’t too long ago that consumers of all ages and need-states were taking a reactive, quick-fix to their health and wellness. Today the story has evolved, and people are moving to a more proactive, preventative approach. This progressive approach to health and wellness is also bringing long-term immune health to the forefront of consumer concerns. A recent Canadean (2015) survey reports immune health to be the #2 most desired functional benefit consumers want in food or beverage. This is second only to general health and wellness.

Whitespace:
A Canadean (2015) survey also found that while only 48% of consumers are actively buying immune health products, 87% of consumers are interested in purchasing foods and beverages with immune health benefits. So, while the intent to purchase immune health products is high, there remains an unmet demand for innovative products that can deliver safe, clinically proven, and natural immune health benefits.

Solutions:
Manufacturers that look to create immune health products geared towards children and families, aging populations, athletes/weekend warriors, and those with lifestyle stress, will be uniquely positioned to capitalize on this product gap. Whether innovating around one targeted benefit or formulating around multiple benefits, great opportunities exist using strategic nutrition to build immunity. Additionally, as the functional food, beverage, and supplement markets evolve, immune health ingredients that are safe, natural and clinically proven will lead to stronger innovation and resonate with consumers.

As manufacturers look for innovative solutions, Wellmune® — a natural food, beverage, and supplement ingredient clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system – can provide the product differentiation needed to capture the growing consumer demand for products that deliver real immune health benefits to consumer groups across all life stages.

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BELOIT, WI ─ June 22, 2016 – Optimum Nutrition (ON), a leading sports nutrition manufacturer based in the U.S., launched Gold Standard BCAA Train + Recover, a new line of intra-workout drink mixes. The line is formulated with 250 mg of Wellmune®, a natural ingredient clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system.Gold Standard Product Image

“This product is the new Gold Standard for Intra-Workout support,” said Sean Hartley, Sr. ABM of Optimum Nutrition. “With BCAAs for muscle support and Rhodiola for endurance support, Wellmune was added to our BCAA Train + Recover formula due to the strong science behind the ingredient. The immune support of Wellmune can help athletes stay healthy, so they can train more effectively.”

The immune benefits of Wellmune are backed by numerous clinical studies with marathoners, cyclists and others enduring high physical stress. Wellmune was shown to improve overall physical health after intense periods of exercise and also reduced the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection systems that commonly affect endurance and high-performance athletes.

“Intensive exercise can weaken the immune system, creating an ‘open window’ effect with the body’s immune defenses,” said Donald Cox, Ph.D. – SVP R&D for Wellmune. “Wellmune’s proven ability to help athletes stay healthy after intense exercise enables them to train harder and longer.”

ON’s Gold Standard BCAA Train + Recover is available in four lightly-flavored mixes that are perfect for drinking throughout training: Strawberry Kiwi, Cranberry Lemonade, Fruit Punch and Watermelon.

 

About Wellmune®
Wellmune is a 100% natural food, beverage, and supplement ingredient clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system, making it easier for consumers to be well and stay well. This proprietary yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan has regulatory approval in major markets around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel food approval in Europe and China. Safe for everyday consumption, Wellmune is available in more than 60 countries. Wellmune is patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic, GMO-free, gluten-free, and Informed-Sport certified. A recipient of numerous food industry awards for scientific excellence, Wellmune is part of Kerry’s nutrition and wellness portfolio. For more information, visit wellmune.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

About Optimum Nutrition:
Since 1986, Optimum Nutrition has been providing active adults around the world with a comprehensive line of powdered, bar, tablet, capsule and ready-to-drink-products of the highest quality. Optimum Nutrition products can be found throughout the United States in nearly 10,000 specialty retail stores, gyms and fitness centers as well as major grocery chains, drug stores and online.

The views, statements, and opinions expressed in this press release do not necessarily reflect the views of Optimum Nutrition.

 

Contact:
Molly Fitzgerald
Marketing Communications Director – Wellmune®
+1 (612) 309-6792
molly.fitzgerald@kerry.com

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BELOIT, WI ─ April 28, 2016 – OLLY™ , an innovative and fast-growing nutrition company in the U.S., has launched a new children’s gummy vitamin featuring Wellmune®, a natural immune health ingredient. The new product, OLLY Kids Mighty Immunity, combines the clinically-proven immune support of Wellmune along with acerola cherry, elderberry and zinc. KIDS_IMMUNITY_Front1

“We know immune support is critical for keeping children and families healthy,” said Taryn Forrelli, Vice President of Innovation and Resident Nutritionist of OLLY. “Kids Mighty Immunity is part of OLLY’s new gummy collection formulated to meet the ever-changing needs of little ones’ and easily delivers daily immune health benefits through an expertly blended gummy containing clinically-proven Wellmune.”

Wellmune’s ability to support the immune system is backed by numerous published, peer-reviewed clinical studies that demonstrate the ingredient’s ability to help safely and naturally mobilize billions of innate immune cells that are part of the body’s natural defenses.  A recent clinical study showed that 62% of children taking Wellmune reported “good” health status compared to only 15% of the children taking a placebo.  The study also found that children taking Wellmune had six fewer sick days over a 12-week period.

“A strong immune system is very important to a child’s overall health and well-being,” said John Quilter, Business Development Director for Wellmune.  “As a key ingredient in OLLY Kids Mighty Immunity, Wellmune can help children be well and stay well through a daily kid-friendly gummy.”

OLLY Kids Mighty Immunity is available in a flavorful Cherry Berry gummy, and can now be purchased at U.S. Target stores nationwide and online at OLLY.com.

 

About Wellmune®

Wellmune is a 100% natural food, beverage, and supplement ingredient clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system, making it easier for consumers to be well and stay well. This proprietary yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan has regulatory approval in major markets around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel food approval in Europe and China. Safe for everyday consumption, Wellmune is available in more than 60 countries. Wellmune is patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic, GMO-free, gluten-free, and Informed-Sport certified. A recipient of numerous food industry awards for scientific excellence, Wellmune is part of Kerry’s nutrition and wellness portfolio. For more information, visit wellmune.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About OLLY™:

OLLY is a maker of premium nutrition and wellness products.  Our mission is to inspire life-long healthy habits by bringing simplicity, inspiration and delight to the world of vitamins and supplements. For more information, visit Olly.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Contact:

Kelly Blaszczak

Strategic Marketing Director – Wellmune®

wellmune@kerry.com
 

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To recognize innovative ingredient suppliers, Beverage World has named Wellmune a Natural & Organic Award Logo winner of its first Natural and Organic Ingredient Award. 

With a growing consumer interest in a more healthy, natural back-to-basics approach to what they eat and drink, this award recognizes Wellmune as a key food, beverage and supplement ingredient meeting the demand for naturally sourced ingredients with clinically proven immune health benefits.

As reported by Beverage World, “immune health ingredients are a big trend as more consumers are turning to what they eat in an effort to maintain good health. Kerry’s Wellmune ingredient hits on two targets as it provides immune health benefits and it’s a natural yeast beta glucan. Numerous clinical studies support Wellmune’s ability to enhance key immune functions, improve overall physical health and maintain healthy energy levels.”

We are thrilled to be honored as a leader in natural health ingredients, and to help product manufacturers meet this growing consumer demand for natural and organic beverages by utilizing innovative functional ingredients.

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BELOIT, WI, ─ January 19, 2016 – Wellmune®, the immune strengthening bakers yeast beta glucan used in food, beverages, and supplements, helps to keep children significantly healthier by decreasing episodes of common childhood illnesses and symptoms of illness such as upper respiratory tract infection symptoms (URTI), according to a new study conducted by H&J CRO International Inc., in Beijing. The study was recently presented at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Clinical Nutrition Week 2016, and voted Best International Abstract.

“Childhood is a particularly important time to support immunity, when developing immune systems are susceptible to colds and other health issues,” said Don Cox, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Wellmune – a proprietary yeast beta glucan that is part of Kerry’s nutrition and wellness portfolio. “A strong immune system provides children with a powerful defense against common illnesses that can disrupt the whole family, making it essential to provide proven nutrition that fosters healthy immune function.”

Demonstrating Wellmune’s ability to enhance key immune functions that help keep children healthy, the study findings showed that 62% of children taking Wellmune reported “good” health status compared to only 15% of the children taking a placebo. The study also found children taking Wellmune had two-thirds fewer upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) and six fewer sick days over a 12-week period.

“This study is part of a growing body of clinical evidence of Wellmune’s ability to strengthen the immune system of children by helping immune cells act more quickly,” added Don Cox. “This new study, combined with previous research demonstrate the unmatched clinical evidence behind the natural ingredient’s ability to keep kids healthy and shorten the duration of illness.”

Previous studies with Mead Johnson Nutrition found that children consuming toddler formula with Wellmune had significantly fewer acute respiratory infections, required fewer antibiotic interventions, and missed significantly fewer days of school as a result of shorter durations of illnesses.

Study Protocol:
The study was conducted by H&J CRO International Inc. in Beijing with 156 healthy children aged 12 to 48 months in China, whose health was tracked over 12 weeks. The study was randomized, double-blinded and placebo controlled. Children were divided into three groups receiving: 75 mgs of Wellmune, 35 mgs of Wellmune, or a placebo in liquid each day. Investigators observed the health of children after administration of Wellmune or the placebo, recorded the total days and times of upper respiratory tract infections and the total days and times of all kinds of infection symptoms. All records were medically verified and no significant difference between the Wellmune dose groups was found.

 

About Wellmune®
Wellmune is a 100% natural food, beverage, and supplement ingredient clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system, making it easier for consumers to be well and stay well. This proprietary yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan has regulatory approval in major markets around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel food approval in Europe and China. Safe for everyday consumption, Wellmune is available in more than 60 countries. Wellmune is patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic, GMO-free, gluten-free, and Informed-Sport certified. A recipient of numerous food industry awards for scientific excellence, Wellmune is part of Kerry’s nutrition and wellness portfolio. For more information, visit www.wellmune.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. .

About Kerry:
Kerry Group today is a world leader in Taste & Nutrition serving the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries and a leading consumer foods processing and marketing organisation. The Kerry organisation has grown to become a highly successful public company, having achieved sustained profitable growth with current annualised sales in excess of €5.8 billion. Launched as a public company in 1986, the market capitalisation of the Group has grown to a current level of approximately €12 billion. Kerry Group now employs over 24,000 people throughout its worldwide activities and operations.

Contacts:
US:
Molly Fitzgerald
Director, Marketing Communications
Wellmune®
+1 651-312-5848 (direct)
molly.fitzgerald@kerry.com

International:
Sheelagh Pentony
Marketing Communications Manager – Nutrition
+353 (0) 45 930 493
Sheelagh.Pentony@kerry.com

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New Hope Dairy Introduces Two Children’s RTD Milk Beverages

EAGAN, MN, ─ December 2, 2015 ─ New Hope Dairy Holding Co., Ltd, a leading milk manufacturer in China, has launched two new ready-to-drink, dairy-based milk beverages featuring essential nutrients and Wellmune®. The first of its kind in China, the beverages help parents support children’s energy and brain development while providing clinically proven immune support.

Star of Hope Children’s Milk Vigorous

Star of Hope Children’s Milk Vigorous

Both products, Star of Hope Children’s Milk Vigorous and Star of Hope Children’s Milk Smart are fortified with Wellmune, a yeast beta glucan with the ability to naturally strengthen children’s immune systems. Vigorous also includes casein phosphopeptides and vitamin D for energy, while Smart includes DHA and phosphatidylserine for memory improvement. Created for children ages 3-12, both ready-to-drink milk beverages will be sold in mass market and grocery stores, online, and in New Hope Dairy owned stores.

“For the first time, we are offering parents convenient dairy based drinks for children that help support healthy immune function and fill in nutritional gaps they may be missing,” says Jin Li, Product Director of Star of Hope, New Hope Dairy. “We chose to include the functional ingredient Wellmune for both products because it helps provide safe, natural, and proven immune support, a key health benefit mothers are concerned about.”

Star of Hope Children’s Milk Smart

Star of Hope Children’s Milk Smart

“A recent Gallup study found that immunity is the most sought after health benefit by moms for their children,” said Richard G. Mueller, Chief Executive Officer of Biothera Health, Inc., which was recently acquired by Kerry. “We are thrilled Wellmune is a key ingredient in Star of Hope Children’s Milk because parents can feel good knowing they are building a healthy foundation for their children with this unique product.”

Wellmune’s ability to support the immune system is backed by numerous published, peer-reviewed clinical studies that demonstrate the ingredient’s ability to help safely and naturally mobilize billions of innate immune cells that are part of the body’s natural defenses. Two recent clinical studies found that a toddler formula containing Wellmune, DHA, and FOS kept children significantly healthier than unfortified cow’s milk.

 

About Wellmune®
Wellmune is a 100% natural food, beverage, and supplement ingredient clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system, making it easier for consumers to be well and stay well. This proprietary yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan has regulatory approval in major markets around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel food approval in Europe and China. Safe for everyday consumption, Wellmune is available in more than 60 countries. A recipient of numerous food industry awards for scientific excellence, Wellmune is patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic, GMO-free, gluten-free and Informed-Sport Certified. Wellmune is a nutritional ingredient within Kerry Functional Ingredients & Actives business. For more information, visit www.wellmune.com or follow us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube

About New Hope Dairy Holding Co., Ltd
New Hope Dairy Holding Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary dairy company of New Hope Group. Founded in 1982 and based in Sichuan Province, China, the market layout includes southwest, eastern and northern China. Dedicated to improving manufacturing processes and quality, the company currently invests in 11 milk source groups and owns 10 pastures, with a milk yield of nearly 400,000,000kg.

Contact: 
Molly Fitzgerald
Director of Marketing Communications
Biothera Health Inc., a Kerry company
651-312-5848 (direct)
mfitzgerald@biothera.com

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Tralee, Ireland and Eagan, Minnesota, U.S.A. ─ October 21st, 2015 ─ Kerry Group plc, the global taste and nutrition company, has acquired Wellmune® from Biothera Inc., a natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient that is clinically proven to help strengthen the immune system.

“At Kerry, cutting-edge science and technology informs everything we help shape and create. The addition of Wellmune® to our portfolio offers Kerry tremendous growth opportunities globally,” said Michael O’Neill, Nutrition President, Kerry. “This natural immunity enhancer strengthens our nutrition and general wellness capabilities and complements our taste solutions for applications in food, beverages, and supplements.”

“The combination of Biothera’s technology and Kerry’s leadership in R&D, nutritional science, and forward looking market insights, will advance the science of immune health and help create new and innovative food, beverages and supplements,” said Richard G. Mueller, Chief Executive Officer of Biothera. “Wellmune® is a great fit for Kerry’s portfolio of science-based, nutritional ingredients.”

Wellmune® is a 100% natural food, beverage, and supplement ingredient, that strengthens the immune system, making it easier for consumers to be well and stay well. Backed by more than 10 clinical studies, this proprietary yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan has regulatory approval in major markets around the world. Products with Wellmune® are available in more than 60 countries. Wellmune® is patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic, GMO-free, gluten-free and Informed-Sport Certified. For more information, visit http://www.wellmune.com or follow Wellmune® on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About us:
Kerry Group today is a world leader in Taste & Nutrition serving the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries and a leading consumer foods processing and marketing organisation. The Kerry organisation has grown to become a highly successful public company, having achieved sustained profitable growth with current annualised sales in excess of €5.8 billion. Launched as a public company in 1986, the market capitalisation of the Group has grown to a current level of approximately €12 billion. Kerry Group now employs over 24,000 people throughout its worldwide activities and operations.

Contacts:

Frank Hayes
Director of Corporate Affairs
Kerry Group
+353 66 7182304
corpaffairs@kerry.ie

Molly Fitzgerald
Director, Marketing Communications
Biothera Health Inc.
+1 651-312-5848 (direct)
mfitzgerald@biothera.com

 

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The month of October has been busy and exciting time for our customers and products featuring Wellmune®. We are thrilled to announce that three products have been awarded honors for creating innovative products dedicated to improving the immune health of the people globally. The awards include:

immunestixImmuneStix™: 2015 SupplySide Editor’s Choice Award for Specialty Food & Supplements
Informa Exhibitions named ImmuneStix™ as the winner of its 2015 SupplySide Editor’s Choice Award for Specialty Food & Supplements. Abunda, which developed ImmuneStix for Complete Nutrition, a leading chain of nutrition stores throughout the USA, was awarded for its combination of unique delivery method, taste, and use of innovation ingredients.

This blood orange soft chew is formulated to enhance the immune system by featuring Wellmune, the food, beverage, and supplement ingredient clinically shown to support healthy immune function. Individually wrapped and packaged in a 10-count stick pack, ImmuneStix has dramatically increased consumer traffic in stores and led to significant incremental sales for Abunda’s client.

“When we develop solutions for our clients, we are driven by innovation and the desire to build value,” said Peter Leighton, CEO of Abunda Functional Foods. “We are thrilled by the recognition of our industry thought leaders and pleased by the performance of the brand.”

gainzzzGainZzz™: 2015 SupplySide Editor’s Choice Award for Sports Nutrition
Informa Exhibitions named GainZzz™, as the winner of its 2015 SupplySide CPG Editor’s Choice Award in the Sports Nutrition Category. Developed by Force Factor®, a leading sports nutrition brand, this post-workout recovery supplement was recognized for innovation and market impact.

GainZzz is specifically engineered to help competitive and recreational athletes alike fall asleep quickly and stay asleep during the critical window when the body’s muscle-building cycle is at its peak. By utilizing the immune health ingredient Wellmune, it helps reduce immunosuppression and supports the rebuilding of strength throughout the night.

“We are honored that the SupplySide editors chose to recognize GainZzz as the top sports nutrition product in 2015,” said Brett Bernier, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at NutraClick®, the parent company of Force Factor. “GainZzz is one of the first products of its kind to address the correlation between a solid night’s sleep and the ability to build strength and muscle as part of a training routine. We’re proud to showcase GainZzz as a reflection of our longstanding commitment to creating innovative and advanced formulations that fulfill consumer needs not yet met by other products on the market.”

BetterNutImmune Health Basics: Better Nutrition Editor’s Pick
Better Nutrition magazine has awarded Immune Health Basics as an Editor’s Pick for Cold & Flu. Highlighted for its clinical ability to help strengthen the immune system, Immune Health Basics is an all-natural daily supplement created with Wellmune to enhance the immune function and promote overall well-being.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as leading immune health supplement,” said Matt Steiner, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Immune Health Basics. “As a safe and effective product backed by credible research and the highest standards of quality, our product can be a key nutritional supplement in strengthening your immune function during times of seasonal changes.”

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Richard G. Mueller, Biothera's Chief Executive Officer presents the Immune Health Achievement Certification award to Paul Giubergia, Celgen's Founder and President.

Richard G. Mueller, Biothera’s Chief Executive Officer presents the Immune Health Achievement Certification award to Paul Giubergia, Celgen’s Founder and CEO.

Immune health is our top priority, which is why we partner with customers that aim to discover and promote immune health globally. Biothera Health Inc. proudly recognizes Celgen Nutritional Company for its long service and dedication to improving the immune health of the people of Greater China through the distribution and manufacture of foods, beverages and supplements containing Wellmune®, Biothera’s natural, clinically proven immune health ingredient.

Our partnership with Celgen since April 2004 is Biothera’s longest customer/distributor relationship outside the United States, making the company the ideal candidate for our Immune Health Achieving Certification award in 2015.

Celgen has introduced Wellmune through numerous high quality products, including Immune Element and its branded line of U!be Well products. We sincerely wish Celgen Nutritional Company, and its founder Paul Giubergia, many years of continued success.