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EAGAN, MN – June 24, 2013 – Wellmune WGP®, the natural immune booster from Biothera, will sample all-new applications of its clinically proven ingredient for foods, beverages and supplements at the 2013 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago July 14-16, booth #1333.

Wellmune is a beta 1,3/1,6 glucan derived from a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast. Nine published human clinical studies consistently demonstrate the ability of Wellmune to safely boost key immune cells that keep the body healthy.

Visitors to the Wellmune booth may sample Prodefensis Yogurt from Grupo Gloria that contains both Wellmune and a probiotic, and Prebiotic Freeze Pops with Immune Support made by Fun Treats, Inc. They may also sip milk through Tubulars™ Immunity Straws from Unistraw USA. Several other Wellmune applications will also be available for sampling.

Currently, there are more than 100 products with Wellmune in more than 50 countries around the world.

“The food and beverage industry is responding to strong consumer interest in immune health with exciting, refreshing innovations,” said Richard G. Mueller, CEO, Biothera. “The applications we are showcasing at the IFT Expo are cool treats for a hot summer day. They make it fun and convenient for families to incorporate immune support into their everyday lives.”

He added that the new innovations underscore the versatility of Wellmune as an ingredient to easily incorporate into virtually any food or beverage. Wellmune is stable to heat, pH, chemical and pressure associated with any manufacturing process.

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. Wellmune is the 2013 recipient of the NBT Award for Outstanding Application in Health Management. It has also received an IFT Innovation Award, 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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Immune Support Benefits of Yeast Beta Glucan, Omega 3 and Prebiotic Blend
Highlighted in New Mead Johnson Study 

EAGAN, MN – June 19, 2013 – Consumption of a Mead Johnson milk-based children’s product by healthy children aged 3-4 years helped maintain respiratory health compared to that observed in healthy children consuming powdered cow milk.

Statistically significant results from the clinical research were the subject of a poster presentation by Mead Johnson Pediatric Nutrition Institute at the recent Experimental Biology conference in Boston. The double-blind, randomized, controlled, 28-week study involved 310 children. Half (156) of the subjects were fed three servings per day of a children’s product containing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), yeast beta glucan and a prebiotic blend; 154 subjects in the control group were given the same number and duration of cow milk servings.

“The findings underscore the importance of immune support during childhood, when the human immune system is still developing,” said Richard G. Mueller, CEO, Biothera. “We were pleased to see that the study results are consistent with those from numerous clinical studies conducted by Biothera among adult populations demonstrating that Wellmune WGP safely supports key immune responses that help maintain a healthy immune system.”

Wellmune WGP is an ingredient in Mead Johnson Enfagrow® and Enfakid® Premium children nutritional products in numerous countries in Asia and Latin America.

About Wellmune WGP®

Wellmune WGP is a proprietary baker’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan that has been clinically shown to support key immune cells that help maintain a healthy immune system. This natural food, beverage and supplement ingredient is recognized by regulatory agencies around the world, including having GRAS status in the U.S. and novel food 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.  Wellmune is a recent winner of an NBT Award at VitaFoods Europe for its research program and has won a number of other major industry awards. 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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FreezepopsWellmuneEAGAN, MN – June 6, 2013 – Wellmune WGP®, the natural immune boosting ingredient for foods, beverages and supplements, is now available along with a prebiotic in a functional freezer pop. The fruit-flavored Prebiotic Freeze Pops with Immune Support combine the systemic immune health benefits of Wellmune with the digestive health benefits of prebiotic dietary fiber.

The shelf-stable pops, which are launching at the Healthy Beverage Expo in Las Vegas June 7-9, booth #937, will also be available for sampling at the Biothera booth #1333 at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago. They are made by Fun Treats, Inc. of Cleveland, Tenn.

Immune support already ranks among consumers as the third most sought after functional benefit, according to a survey published last year in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Interest in prebiotics is rapidly going mainstream as awareness grows for their vital role in nourishing probiotic activity in the gut.

“Prebiotic Freeze Pops with Immune Support are a functional treat that everyone in the family can enjoy right out of the freezer,” said John Allman, General Manager, Fun Treats, Inc. “Consumers will now have the option to choose a freezer pop that is not only refreshing but has the added benefit of helping to maintain their health.” Allman added that there are plans to expand and include a beverage with Wellmune as well.

“These Freeze Pops add some ‘fun’ to the functional benefits of Wellmune,” said Richard G. Mueller, CEO, Biothera. “They’re an innovative application for delivering Wellmune’s everyday immune support. They also align with the trend to bundle functional ingredients, making it easier than ever and convenient for people to maintain their health.”

Suggested serving size is 1 ice pop daily for small children, 2 daily for older children and 3 per day for adults. The pops are available in packages of eight 3-oz. pops in assorted flavors. They are expected to have a suggested retail price in the range of $2.00-$2.50. Prebiotic Freeze Pops with Immune Support are available for distribution throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

About Fun Treats

Cleveland, Tenn.-based Fun Pops, Inc., established in 1989, manufactures fruit-flavored freezer pops and novelty beverages. Its markets are the United States east of the Mississippi, Canada and the Caribbean.

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. Wellmune is a recent winner of an NBT Award for its research program and has won a number of other industry awards. 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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INDIANAPOLIS – June 5, 2013 – Sensient Bio Pharma & Savory Flavors has announced a global agreement with Biothera to market and sell immune health products into the Animal/Nutrition markets using patented and scientifically proven technologies developed by Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company.

Biothera’s yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan technology naturally boosts key immune cells that help improve the overall health, growth and performance of livestock and companion animals.

“We’re very excited to enter into this agreement with Biothera,” said Chris Gudaitis, Sensient GM for Bio Pharma & Savory Flavors. “Having the ability to add their proprietary technology into our existing product portfolio for the animal nutrition and pet pallatant markets will provide our customer a greater value and unique offering to the marketplace.”

Founded in 1997, Minnesota-based Biothera is a biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune system function. It operates a Healthcare business that manufactures and markets branded immune health ingredients for foods, beverages and supplements. It also has a Pharmaceutical business unit that is developing an immunotherapy drug to treat multiple types of cancers. For Biothera, the agreement provides an opportunity to further penetrate the animal nutrition market using Sensient’s broad range of technical services and expertise.

“As a global supplier of animal feed and nutrition products, Sensient is the ideal partner to bring our immune health technologies to this important market,” said Richard G. Mueller, Biothera chief executive officer. “There is a tremendous opportunity to improve animal growth and performance by safely boosting their immune systems with a science-based feed ingredient.”

Sensient Bio Pharma & Savory Ingredients is a global manufacturer of specialty ingredients that have wide applications in specific markets of food, fermentation, animal foods and nutrition. Our manufacturing, sales and product development teams span the globe, bringing solutions to our customers where they need them, when they need them.

Sensient Bio Pharma & Savory Flavors is a unit of Sensient Flavors & Fragrances Group, part of Sensient Technologies Corporation. Sensient Technologies Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of flavors, colors and fragrances, employing advanced technologies to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors and other specialty and fine chemicals.

Contact:

Alan Owen, Marketing Manager
Bio Pharma & Savory Flavors
317-381-2668

 

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Robust Clinical Research Program Resulting in Proven Health Benefits Cited

EAGAN, MN –May 21, 2013 – Wellmune WGP®, the natural immune health ingredient for foods, beverages and supplements from Biothera, was awarded “Outstanding Application in Health Management” during the recent NBT Awards event at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva.Immune boosting Wellmune wins NBTA 2013 Award

The winning entry focused on the rigorous peer-reviewed, published clinical research program for Wellmune that is unmatched by any other immune support ingredient available for functional foods and nutraceuticals. It conclusively demonstrates substantial scientific support for a health claim, based upon establishing a reproducible physical health benefit and correlating biomarkers.

“To win in a popular category, you have to present something outstanding,” said Kevin Robinson, head judge, NBT Awards. “Out of the shortlisted finalists, Biothera’s nomination was the most convincing, offering clear and substantial benefits, strong, peer-reviewed evidence and good quality science.”

“We are gratified to receive this award in recognition of the proven health benefits that Wellmune can bring to a broad range of consumers through functional foods and nutraceuticals,” said Richard G. Mueller, CEO, Biothera. Mueller noted that Wellmune is ideal for boosting immunity every day year round and supports a wide range of immune health needs including year-round immune support, stress management, athletic performance, and energy and vitality.

“With our sole focus on immune health ingredients, Biothera is in a unique position to generate the data necessary to validate an immune health claim, having both the internal research expertise and collaborative research partnerships needed for a program of this magnitude,” added Mueller. The program has resulted in broad regulatory approval worldwide and a wider range of use occasions than is typical for immune boosting ingredients.

The NBT Awards program recognizes and rewards excellence in R&D, marketing, business and technology throughout the nutraceutical, functional food and beverage industry. The mission is to deliver a set of benchmarks to a global audience to achieve significant developments in quality of service, health management, research, development and relationship management. The awards program is held annually during Vitafoods Europe.

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.

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

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EAGAN, MN – May 9, 2013 – The role that a natural immune health ingredient can play in reducing the incidence of cold and flu symptoms is the subject of a research presentation on Tuesday, May 14 during Vitafoods Europe in Geneva, Switzerland. The session, “Wellmune WGP Beta-Glucan Reduces Cold & Flu Symptoms,” will focus on the clinical evidence supporting a yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan derived from a propriety strain of baker’s yeast.

Typical cold and flu symptoms, such as upper respiratory tract infections (URTI), are caused by rhinovirus and influenza viruses. In multiple peer-reviewed, published clinical studies Wellmune WGP® was found to be effective in reducing URTI symptoms and improved overall physical health.

“There is an extensive body of published, peer reviewed science that demonstrates the safety, mechanism of action and effectiveness of Wellmune WGP in shortening the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infection symptoms in both well and stressed subjects,” said Don Cox, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of R&D, Healthcare Group, Biothera, who will deliver the presentation.

Wellmune is  made from a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It safely boosts key immune cells to help keep the body healthy.

Cox will provide highlights of the peer-reviewed, published clinical research Biothera has conducted and discuss Wellmune’s mechanism of action, toxicology data and pre-clinical data that provides proof of concept on ingredient efficacy.

“Immune support is one of the most sought-after functional benefits among consumers,” said Richard G. Mueller, CEO, Biothera. “A well-researched ingredient like Wellmune enables food and beverage companies to meet this market need with a solution that is flexible for a wide range of food and beverage applications.”

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Clinical Research on Yeast Beta Glucan Highlighted at SCAN Symposium,
a Premier Forum for Sports Dietitians 

EAGAN, MN – May 8, 2013 — Adding an immune booster to the diet as part of a sports training program such as marathon training can help runners recover from tough workouts, enabling them to train harder and longer, according to research presented at the SCAN Symposium in Chicago on April 28. Staying healthy is critical to effective training for runners and other competitive and elite athletes because high-intensity exercise can create an “open window” in the body’s immune defenses that may derail training programs and performance gains.

“How Powering the Immune System Can Power Athletic Performance,” was presented by Joy Dubost, Ph.D., RD, CSSD, Biothera Healthcare Scientific Advisory Board member and Don Cox, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, R&D, Healthcare Group, Biothera. The session focused on dietary interventions to support the immune health of athletes. It included key findings from nine human clinical studies with marathoners, cyclists and others enduring high physical and lifestyle stress that demonstrate how Wellmune WGP®, a natural immune health ingredient, can boost immune defenses before, during and after exercise. Wellmune harnesses the body’s natural defenses to safely boost immune cells to keep the body healthy. It is a proprietary yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan.

“Protein, energy and recovery products have long been the focus of sports nutrition. Wellmune is an example of how a dietary intervention to support immune health can give athletes an ‘invisible edge,’” said Richard G. Mueller, CEO, Biothera.

An estimated 300 dietitians attended the Wellmune-sponsored breakfast presentation. The SCAN Symposium is an annual event of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

For more information for dietitians regarding dietary interventions to support immune health for athletes and a copy of the presentation visit http://www.wellmune.com/for-dietitians/sports-nutrition/.

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 — April 23, 2013 — Biothera has named Toong Yeuan Enterprise Co., Ltd. as the exclusive distributor in Taiwan of its clinically proven immune boosting ingredients for foods, beverages and supplements. Biothera is the manufacturer of Wellmune WGP®, which numerous clinical studies demonstrate can strengthen key immune cells that help keep the body healthy. Wellmune, a beta 1,3/1,6 glucan from a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast, is an award-winning ingredient in products in more than 50 countries.

“Over the past quarter century Toong Yeuan Enterprise has built a strong presence in Taiwan through its excellent sales team,” said Richard Mueller, chief executive officer of Biothera. “Toong Yeuan’s expertise in representing science-based and proprietary ingredients such as Wellmune WGP make the company a great fit for Biothera.”

“Immune health is an important focus in in today’s society and fundamental to our well-being,” said David Wang, Chairman of Toong Yeuan Enterprise. “We are delighted to add the science-based immune health ingredient Wellmune WGP into our ingredient portfolio and we are excited to be working together with Biothera in development of Taiwan market.”

About Toong Yeuan Enterprise Co, Ltd.

Toong Yeuan Enterprise Co., Ltd. was established in 1987 in Taiwan. Its focus has evolved from health food distribution to technology driven food additives & ingredients and now to marketing & branding driven functional ingredients. In 26 years, Toong Yeuan has created many trends in the market, from new health topics to innovative product applications that have made it one of the leading ingredient distributors in Taiwan.

Through a combination of professional staff and high quality ingredients, Toong Yeuan is committed to providing a total solution to the food and health industries. This is achieved in the spirit of “Honesty, Smart Working and Innovation,” coupled with a commitment to “Expertise, Technology and Service.”

As the human lifespan is extending through the advancement of medical sciences and public health awareness, Toong Yeuan is dedicated to improving quality of life and wellbeing. Toong Yeuan believes it has a social responsibility to provide specialty ingredients to make healthy functional foods, beverages and nutraceuticals available to consumers.

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
651-256-4652 (direct)
dwalsh@biothera.com

 

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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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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