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EAGAN, MN — March 21, 2013 — Biothera and its Hong Kong-based master distributor Maxland Enterprises have named Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology Co., Ltd. as the China distributor of Biothera’s immune health ingredients for foods, beverages and supplements.

Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology will represent Wellmune WGP®, the industry leading immune health ingredient from Biothera that is clinically proven to boost the performance of key immune cells that help keep the body healthy.  Nine clinical studies support the safety and efficacy of Wellmune WGP, a beta 1,3/1,6 glucan from a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast.

“Shanghai Toong Yeuan specializes in the sale of proprietary ingredients that are backed by credible science,” said Richard Mueller, chief executive officer of Biothera. “This focus, along with their well-established relationships with major food, beverage and supplement companies in China, makes Shanghai Toong Yeuan an excellent representative for Wellmune in this important market.”

“We are excited about the strong scientific evidence, safety and efficacy behind Wellmune WGP,” said David Wang, Chairman of Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology. “We are confident that this ingredient has the potential to greatly contribute to the wellness of the people of China.”

Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology Co., Ltd. will participate in Food Ingredients China on March 26-28 in Shanghai. The company will sponsor a seminar on the morning of Tuesday, March 26 during which John Blocher, Ph.D., assistant vice president for Research & Development at Biothera, will discuss science of Wellmune WGP and present clinical research results with this unique ingredient.  FI China is one of the most specialized trade events for food ingredients and additives in China, attracting more than 800 exhibitors.

About Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology Co., Ltd. is a highly respected and professional food ingredient supplier that has been serving China for 16 years. The company is primarily focused on functional ingredients that can help food manufacturers increase the value of their products and deliver science-based health benefits to consumers. Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology is a strategic partner of many well-known companies and has extensive experience with immune-boosting ingredients.

About Wellmune WGP®
Wellmune WGP is beta 1,3/1,6 glucan derived from a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast that is clinically proven to boost the performance of key immune cells that are part of the body’s first line of defense. This unique food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China. It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health.

Contact:
David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company
651-256-4606 (direct)
dwalsh@biothera.com

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In anticipation of his presentation as part of the Preventative Health and Immunity session at Vitafoods Europe in May, Biothera’s Don Cox, Ph.D., senior vice president, Healthcare Group R&D, Biothera, offers 10 tips for evaluating immune health ingredients. For more information on the program visit http://www.vitafoods.eu.com/conference.

Dietary interventions to support immune health are bringing new excitement to the food and beverage industry. Here are 10 factors to consider when evaluating immune health ingredients:

  1. Ingredient safety: Ensure that the ingredient has safety data published in a peer-reviewed toxicology journal and reviewed by EFSA (EU), the US FDA and/or other leading regulatory agencies. Request and review the government’s regulatory letters.
  2. Mechanism of action: Studies should be conducted in a manner that demonstrates the mechanism of action as measured by its effect on the innate or acquired immune system. Independent, peer-reviewed, published research is best.
  3. Method of boosting: Some immune boosters provide temporary stimulation and create an artificial and unnatural state that may damage the body if taken too long. Others safely boost the body’s natural immune mechanisms to respond to a challenge, maintain immune system balance and can be taken year-round.
  4. Quality and quantity of the clinical research: Look for multiple peer-reviewed, published, high quality studies with consistent outcomes. Peer-reviewed, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical studies are the gold standard.
  5. Research source: Examine whether the research was conducted with the specific ingredient or borrowed from other products. Borrowed science is junk science. The specific biological strain or chemical structure matters.
  6. Study design: Design is important to eliminate unintentional bias. Understand and weigh the merits of single blind, open label, double blind, and crossover study designs. While all are valid designs, double-blind studies and crossover design eliminate data variations owing to the physical make up of each treatment group.
  7. Outcomes employed: The major forms of outcomes of scientific and regulatory interest are biomarker outcomes and physical health outcomes. Many outcomes can be misinterpreted or are surrogates for the clinical endpoint. Outcomes in human clinical studies must have a demonstrable positive benefit for humans.  Outcome selection is not always clear cut.
  8. Ingredient characterization: The health benefit activity must be attributed to known component(s) with well defined molecular structure.  Characterization allows for measurement and standardization required for establishing serving recommendations, consistency in manufacturing and stability and shelf-life testing. Identifying the active component is necessary for determining the desired health effect; it also provides confidence that the efficacy or stability is the same from batch to batch.
  9. Serving size determination: Ensure that the ingredient’s dose-response data supports the recommended daily serving. A demonstration of dose response is the best indicator of optimum or effective serving.
  10. Formulation characteristics: No matter how safe or effective the ingredient, it is essential that it can be formulated into foods and beverages so that the ingredient doesn’t break down and lose its potency if exposed to heat, pH or pressure required in the manufacturing process.  It is critical that appropriate analytical methods be available to quantify the amount of the ingredient present in the food or beverage after processing and at the end of the projected shelf life of the product.

 

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EAGAN, MN – March 4, 2013 – Immune Health Basics®, the clinically proven dietary supplement that activates key immune cells that help keep the body healthy, was named the best immune health supplement for 2013 by Delicious Living magazine.

Immune Health Basics contains Wellmune WGP®, a natural beta 1,3/1,6 glucan from a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast.  Numerous peer-reviewed human clinical studies consistently demonstrate the ability of Wellmune WGP to reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection symptoms, particularly during periods of physical or lifestyle stress. In addition to improving overall well-being, Wellmune also enhanced vigor and mental clarity.

Delicious Living collected nominations for its 2013 Supplement Awards from its advisory board, experienced retailers, manufacturers and readers.  It assessed ingredients, certifications, and the nominees’ uniqueness and vetted its short list with the magazine’s medical editor, Robert Rountree, MD.

“The recognition of Immune Health Basic’s safety and efficacy is gratifying,” said Richard Mueller, chief executive officer of Biothera, the manufacturer of Immune Health Basics and Wellmune WGP.  “Backed by credible research and the highest standards of quality, Immune Health Basics is ideal for strengthening your immune health every day.”

About Immune Health Basics

Immune Health Basics products include dietary supplements for adults and children, including gummies fortified with multi-vitamins, minerals and Wellmune WGP. Immune Health Basics is available at Vitamin Shoppes, Sprouts, Whole Foods and numerous health and nutrition retailers across the U.S. For more information visit http://www.immunehealthbasics.com.

About Wellmune WGP®

Wellmune WGP is a proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan that is clinically proven to prime key immune cells that keep the body healthy. This natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China. Wellmune is available in more than 100 products in more than 50 countries around the world. It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health.

Contact:
David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company
651-256-4606 (direct)
dwalsh@biothera.com

 

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Dr. Philip Calder

As part of our ongoing commitment to increase understanding of the link between nutrition and immune health, we are pleased to make available an archive of the first in a series of continuing education modules for dietitians! The webinar, presented by Philip Calder, BSc (Hons), PhD, DPhil, RNutr, Professor of Nutritional Immunology, University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine) was hosted by the Dietiitans in Integrative an Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

This one-hour webinar explored the immune system, a complex system of cells and tissues that protects the human body from invading pathogens. Dr. Calder, a leading nutritional immunologist, highlighted the growing body of clinical understanding about the role that good nutrition plays in immune health throughout the lifecycle, and the importance of immune health to overall health and well being. He shared the latest clinical insights on enhancing immune function and conclude with several examples of novel dietary immune interventions.

Click here for a link to the webinar.

Click here for more about Dr. Calder.

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EAGAN, MN — February 7, 2013 — Wellmune WGP®, a natural immune health ingredient from Biothera, may help stressed women stay well, according to results of a new study just published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

The study found that moderately to highly stressed women experienced fewer upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms and higher energy levels while taking Wellmune WGP, a functional ingredient in foods, beverages and supplements in more than 50 countries. At 12 weeks, there was a 58% reduction in URTI symptoms among women taking Wellmune. Click here for a link to the abstract.

Wellmune WGP, a baker’s yeast beta glucan, is clinically proven to safely boost the immune system to help keep the body healthy. Numerous peer-reviewed studies demonstrate that Wellmune WGP activates key innate immune cells that are part of the body’s natural defenses without stimulating the immune system.

Study Design and Results

Seventy-seven healthy women (age 38 + 12 yrs) pre-screened for moderate levels of psychological stress were given either a placebo or 250 mg of Wellmune WGP daily for 12 weeks.  Only 10% of the Wellmune group reported upper respiratory tract infection symptoms (sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, and cough) compared with 29% for the control group (p value ≤ 0.05).  In other words, the Wellmune group had a 58% reduction in reported URTI symptoms.

The study used the Profile of Mood States (POMS) psychological survey to assess changes in mental/physical energy levels (Vigor) and overall well-being (Global Mood State).  Vigor improved 41% in women taking Wellmune WGP compared with 7% in the control group (p value <0.05).  Similarly, the Global Mood State of women taking Wellmune improved 29% compared with 16% in the placebo group (p value <0.05).

“This is the first published study exploring the effects of Wellmune WGP on women, a population that arguably faces stressors,” Richard Mueller, chief executive officer, Biothera. “This is actionable information for women who are seeking more and better ways to keep pace with their daily lives.”

“Daily supplementation with Wellmune made a noticeable difference in maintaining health and a positive mental attitude among psychologically stressed women,” said Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., research director at SupplementWatch and lead investigator on the study. “The regimen resulted in reduced incidence of upper respiratory symptoms and improved psychological well being.”

About Wellmune WGP®

Wellmune WGP is a proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan that is clinically proven to prime key immune cells that keep the body healthy. This natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China. Wellmune is available in more than 100 products in more than 50 countries around the world. It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health.

Contact:
David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company
(651) 256-4606 (direct)
dwalsh@biothera.com

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EAGAN, MN − January 31, 2013 − Biothera announced today that Joy Dubost, Ph.D., RD, CSSD, has joined its board of scientific advisors. In this role Dr. Dubost will help guide the company in its outreach initiatives to dietitians and food and beverage manufacturers for Wellmune WGP®, Biothera’s clinically proven immune health ingredient.

Dr. Dubost is president of Dubost Food and Nutrition Solutions LLC and an expert source of evidence-based information within the food, beverage and nutrition communities. She has been a media spokesperson for a number of professional organizations and serves on the Nutrition Division leadership team for the Institute of Food Technologists. She is also a recognized speaker at industry events, a sought-after expert among professional and consumer media and has published a number of peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Dubost has worked in the areas of clinical nutrition, nutrition communications, public policy, recipe and product development, and nutrition education.

Dr. Dubost earned a Ph.D. in Food Science from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Food Science from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Nutrition from Hood College.

“Joy’s commitment to the science of nutrition and her demonstrated leadership will make her a strong asset to the Wellmune brand,” said Richard Mueller, chief executive officer, Biothera. “We look forward to working with her to build greater awareness of Wellmune and its ability to support immune health, which has a direct link to overall health and well being.”

“I’m looking forward to engaging the professional community in a conversation about immune health, and the latest scientific understanding and insights that should inform our decisions about dietary recommendations,” said Dr. Dubost. “For example, there’s a strong case for daily immune support in our diet year-round, not only during cold and flu season.”

About Wellmune WGP®

Wellmune WGP is a proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan that is clinically proven to prime key immune cells that keep the body healthy. This natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China. Wellmune is available in more than 100 products in more than 50 countries around the world. It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health.

Contact:
David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company
651-256-4606 (direct)
dwalsh@biothera.com

 

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EAGAN, MN – January 24, 2013 – Biothera, the immune health company, today announced that sports nutrition consultant Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS, has joined the Biothera Healthcare Scientific Advisory Board. In this role, Ellis will advise Biothera on its educational outreach to coaches, athletic trainers, athletes and sports dietitians. He will also provide insight to Biothera customers on product development.

A 30-year veteran and thought leader in the sports nutrition arena, Ellis has worked with a prestigious roster of athletes and championship teams from Olympic gold medalists and Cy Young Award winners to NCAA football champions and Super Bowl winners. He is president of Sports Alliance, a consulting firm he founded after 20 years with the University of Nebraska and the University of Wisconsin. He served as the first President of the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitian Association and is currently Past President/Ambassador.

“From the training table and performance lab to the product development bench, Dave Ellis has the pulse on what it takes to fuel athletic performance,” said Richard Mueller, CEO, Biothera. “We are thrilled to have him on our team as we build visibility for Wellmune WGP® in the sports performance field.”

Wellmune is a natural ingredient that primes key immune cells that help keep the body healthy. Peer-reviewed clinical research demonstrates that Wellmune improved immune function in athletes before, during and after intense exercise, which often temporarily weakens the immune system.  In addition, Wellmune reduced the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection symptoms.

“If you don’t feel well you can’t train well or attain performance goals,” Dave Ellis said. “The clinical research on Wellmune demonstrates that immune support can matter to sports performance. I’m excited to take the immune health message to the sports community.”

In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, Ellis is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nebraska.

About Wellmune WGP®

Wellmune WGP is a proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan that is clinically proven to prime key immune cells that keep the body healthy. This natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China. Wellmune is available in more than 100 products in more than 50 countries around the world. It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health.

Contact:
David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company
651-256-4606 (direct)
dwalsh@biothera.com

 

 

 

 

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EAGAN, MN – Jan. 21, 2013 – Wellmune WGP®, the natural immune health ingredient from Biothera, is now available in MediChá®, a functional beverage in Taiwan made by U!be Group Inc., a leading innovator in the health and wellness category. MediChá® is a unique tea concentrate shown to address the health concerns of people with metabolic syndrome.

Wellmune WGP is clinically proven to safely prime the immune system to keep the body healthy. Numerous peer-reviewed clinical studies demonstrate that Wellmune WGP mobilizes billions of innate immune cells that are part of the body’s natural defenses without artificially stimulating the immune system.

“We are excited that U!Be Group is expanding its offering and bringing Wellmune to the Chinese community through the tradition of drinking tea. MediChá with Wellmune is a perfect match of ancient wisdom of the East with a nutritional breakthrough from the West,” said Richard Mueller, chief executive officer, Biothera.

“MediChá synergistically combines the immune-strengthening mechanism of Wellmune and scientifically validated ingredients to help optimize glycemic response into a unique preparation of Pu-erh Tea concentrate from hundred-year-old tea trees,” added John Perng, Ph.D., U!be Group Inc.’s vice president of R&D and business development. “This triple combination of health benefits helps to enhance the immune system, promotes healthy metabolism and supports overall health.”

Mueller added, “MediChá with Wellmune is a great example of how beverage companies can create added value for their brand. Immune support is one of the most sought-after functional health benefits.”

About U!be Group Inc.

U!be Group Inc. is a pioneer in creating innovative nutraceutical products featuring clinically-proven nutraceutical ingredients and novel delivering systems. The company’s goal is to provide natural solutions to health problems with its U!be brand of products that is efficacious yet affordable to the general public. For more information visit www.ubelife.com.

About Wellmune WGP®

Wellmune WGP is a proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan that is clinically proven to prime key immune cells that keep the body healthy. This natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China. Wellmune is available in more than 100 products in more than 50 countries around the world. It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health.

Contact:
David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company
651-256-4606 (direct)
dwalsh@biothera.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wellmune WGP® and Active Yogurt Cultures Provide Synergistic Immune Support in New Drinkable Yogurt

EAGAN, MN – January 14, 2013 – Wellmune WGP®, the clinically proven natural immune health ingredient from Biothera, is now available in a drinkable yogurt product from Grupo Gloria, the largest commercial dairy company in Peru. Initial distribution is planned to retail locations across the country including supermarkets and convenience stores.

Gloria’s Pro Defensis marries the clinically proven systemic immune health benefits of Wellmune WGP with the gut health benefits of probiotics. It is the first-ever yogurt to combine these clinically proven benefits.

“Yogurt is an everyday, mainstream food product making it an ideal delivery system for the daily immune support that Wellmune WGP provides,” said Richard Mueller, CEO, Biothera. “We’re gratified that working closely with Gloria and our distributor Quimtia, yogurt now joins the wide range of applications for the proven immune health benefits of Wellmune WGP.”

Pro Defensis is available in vanilla and strawberry flavors. Each bottle delivers 100 mg of Wellmune. The recommended daily serving is 2.5 mg/kilo of body weight.

About Wellmune WGP®

Wellmune WGP is a proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan that is clinically proven to boost key immune cells that keep the body healthy. This natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China. Wellmune is available in more than 100 products in more than 50 countries around the world. It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health.

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Contact:
David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company
651-256-4606 (direct)
651-675-0300 (main)
dwalsh@biothera.com

 

 

 

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Food Science & Nutrition

EAGAN, MN, January 2, 2013—Wellmune WGP, a natural immune health ingredient for foods, beverages and supplements, helped modulate immune responses to improve overall health and quality of life, according to clinical results published online in the peer-reviewed journal Food Science & Nutrition.

Wellmune WGP modulated immune responses, as measured by a significantly significant reduction in allergy symptoms in people with ragweed allergies, according to researchers. An estimated 40 to 50 million Americans are affected by allergies, with ragweed a leading cause of seasonal allergy symptoms including nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and difficulty breathing. Allergy symptoms are caused by an immune system overreaction to ragweed pollen.

The placebo-controlled, double-blinded study of 48 healthy people who were subjected to high pollen counts demonstrated statistically significant (p<0.05):

  • Reductions in overall symptoms and severity
  • Reductions in key nasal and eye-related allergy symptoms
  • Improvement on the Quality of Life Index, a scientifically validated tool for measuring how participants rate their overall sense of wellness.

Wellmune, a proprietary baker’s yeast beta glucan, activates innate immune cells that are part of the body’s natural defenses without over-stimulating the immune system. In this study, Wellmune was found to modulate the immune system when less of an immune response was needed.

The results of this study are consistent with numerous previous peer-reviewed, published studies demonstrating that Wellmune can safely boost the immune system to keep the body healthy.

“A daily regimen including all-natural Wellmune WGP is well-documented to safely support immune health, a key contributor to overall health and well-being,” said Richard G. Mueller, chief executive officer, Biothera. “This study shows that Wellmune can effectively modulate immune responses to help the immune system to achieve balance that is important to staying healthy.”

 

Study Design

The randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study included self-described “moderate” ragweed allergy sufferers. Forty-eight healthy subjects were equally divided (31 female, 17 male; 39± 13 years of age) into two groups. One group consumed a placebo while the other a 250 mg serving of Wellmune WGP daily for four weeks during September/October 2011 in an area of southeast Ohio with high pollen counts. Participants completed allergy surveys including the validated Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ) to assess differences in allergy symptoms.

The research was funded by Biothera, Inc.

About Wellmune WGP®

Wellmune WGP is a natural yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan that is clinically proven to boost key immune cells that keep the body healthy. This unique food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China.  It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health.

Contact:
David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company
651-256-4606 (direct)
651-675-0300 (main)
dwalsh@biothera.com