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Indena and Hyris join the NHP Research Alliance as Strategic Members in the development of standards for Botanicals DNA testing

A strategic partnership bringing together the strengths of world-class Corporations alongside the academic leader in DNA-based identification.

Milan, Italy, London, UK and Guelph, Ontario, Canada – September 26th, 2017 – Indena, Hyris and NHP Research Alliance have signed a Strategic Cooperation agreement for the joint development of DNA authentication test kits for Botanicals and related Natural Health Products.Indena_Hyris_NHP

The Alliance capitalizes on Indena’s nearly hundred years’ experience in the botanical field and its pioneering commitment for the use of this technology to potentially problematic species. The contribution of Indena will be key to provide Standard Plant Reference Material resource that will include:

  • preparation of herbarium vouchers with ancillary information from the Indena supply chain;
  • professional taxonomic IDs;
  • genome scans (DNA sequences) for multiple populations to identify unique nucleotide signatures;
  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for a chemical fingerprint;
  • image scanning of samples and bioinformatics database archival with on-line access.

In parallel, the patented Hyris platform will offer the unique capability to perform full genetic analysis of biological samples in any kind of setting. It incorporates all the needed hardware, software and reagents that can be used as a fully portable testing laboratory to provide highly accurate results, reducing the time and costs associated with traditional methods. Moreover, it can be controlled by bAPP, a dedicated mobile app that provides a complete, intuitive, user-friendly interface.

“Indena always seeking excellence and innovation started integrating DNA sequencing into its Quality System in 2011. Today I am proud to announce that an exclusive partnership has been established with the scope of setting once again a forefront Industry Standard in the botanical authentication field” said Daniele Giavini, Indena Managing Director.

Hyris is honored to join this world class team as a key technology provider. We look forward supporting the botanicals industry worldwide and help streamline DNA based quality control systems throughout the supply chain” said Stefano Lo Priore, Hyris Ltd CEO.

Indena and Hyris will provide their unique expertise contributing to strengthen the NHP Research Alliance launched by the University of Guelph, leader in DNA-based identification. The three strategic partners hold exclusive technological and scientific assets that are now merging together to build a reliable third-party verification program that will benefit the Natural Health Product industry.

Indena/Hyris are Strategic members in the NHP Research Alliance focused on the development of molecular diagnostic biotechnology (bCUBE & Probes/Kits) that will eventually transform the NHP Industry in a new gold standard for botanical species authentication; affordable testing on-site that is validated by a third party TRU-ID” said Dr Steven Newmaster, Professor, Botanical Director, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph.

 

Insights:

bCUBE® is a miniaturized, state-of-the-art device for the analysis of nucleic acids. It allows user to run both temperature cycles and isothermal analysis, enabling a wide array of DNA and RNA detection methods such as qPCR, isothermal amplifications etc. Multiwavelength signal acquisition, fast processing and wireless connectivity with its smartphone based control panel are all integrated. Hyris employs customized cartridges that can be used to analyze anywhere between 9 and 32 samples in one run.

bKITs are reagent sets used to analyze a specific genetic sequence. They can be used e.g. for the detection of a pathogen in a biological sample, the correct identification of the nature of the sample and a large number of other purposes. bKITs are available for R&D and diagnostic purposes for the detection of a number of nucleic acid signatures of pathogens.

bCUBE® is a registered trademark of Hyris Ltd.


Indena Press Contacts:
Cohn & Wolfe Milan
Laura Faravelli laura.faravelli@cohnwolfe.com
Tel.+39 02 202391

Hyris is a privately held, UK-based biotechnology company founded in 2014 by an entrepreneurial team with deep experience in biotechnology, electronics and the tech business. The company offers its partners and clients disruptive technologies that enable genetic testing of biological samples in any setting, at any time, all available in real time on dedicated software platforms.

Further information on Hyris:
http://www.hyris.net/

Hyris Press Contacts:
Olga Tymoshenko office@hyris.net
Lorenzo Colombo lorenzo.colombo@hyris.net
Tel.+44.2036082968


NHP Research Alliance,
established in 2017 by the University of Guelph and leading industry partners, is a consortium utilizing novel molecular diagnostic tools to tackle major issues in ingredient authentication that are challenging the NHP industry. The Alliance mission is to 1) create new verification standards including a global Standard Biological Reference Material (SBRM) DNA Library for natural health products and 2) DNA-based biotechnology that can be integrated into supply chain management and quality assurance systems.

NHP Research Alliance Press contacts:
Dr. Steven Newmaster
NHP@uoguelph.ca
Tel. +5198244120 x56002


TRU-ID was established in 2013, this is the world’s 1st certification program founded on cutting edge biotechnology, in support of businesses who seek authentic ingredients. TRU-ID provide confidence that food products are authentic!  Our mission is to advance supply chain verification testing as a means to protect our clients and their customers from the vulnerabilities of mislabelled or contaminated ingredients and to promote honesty in consumer product labeling.

Further information on TRU-ID:
http://www.tru-id.ca

TRU-ID Press contacts:
Dr. Steven Newmaster
snewmaster@tru-id.ca.
Tel. +1-226-778-2954.



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