Orlando, FL. — Valensa International has reached an agreement with Algal Scientific to commercialize Algal’s PureAlgal branded ingredients which are inclusive of whole dried microalgae (Euglena gracilis) and purified beta-1, 3-glucan in human nutrition and health markets. Valensa already has existing products such as Zanthin Natural Astaxanthin Complex (extracted from Haenatococcus pluvialis grown in Chili), Parry Organic Spirulina and Organic Chlorella, and is hoping to further solidify its leadership status in the health and microalgae market with the addition of Algal’s algae-based ingredients.
Senior vice president of business development at Valensa, Dr. Jon Minatelli, believes that partnering with Algal scientific will help propel the development of unique products and facilitate the discoveries of new sciences in the future. “Algal Scientific has done a great job in developing a substantial body of science with its Euglena gracilis material in the animal health field. Based on this and our own initial clinical work with the material, we are very excited about the opportunity for developing formulated products under the Immunum product line to offer a range of immune health products,” he said. “As people are now beginning to understand the importance of immune health support, we are actively developing next-generation solutions for the market, helping educate the industry and expecting to see the market expand dramatically,” he added.
Pure Algal Euglena gracilis is a US-grown, non-GMO golden yellow powder free of allergens and containing roughly 50% beta-1, 3-glucan along with numerous micronutrients, vitamins and minerals. PureAlgal Beta-Glucan 95% is also produced by PureAlgal which is created through a non-solvent, water-based low extraction process to create the highest purity beta-1, 3-glucan available today. In vitro pilot studies have been conducted by Valensa with both ingredients with the intention to develop a full-scale, gold-standard clinical trial in early 2017. Valensa is planning on utilizing the Algal Scientific ingredients to offer immune health support by creating a series of formulated dietary supplement products such as those in its ‘greens’ product line which contain Parry Organic Spirulina and Zanthin Natural Astaxanthin.