CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Reliv International, Inc. (NASDAQ: RELV), Soy Labs LLC and the Missouri Plant Science Center today announced a new joint research and development partnership that will give Reliv greater access to the latest soy and plant biotechnology research.
"The partnership offers Reliv the opportunity to collaborate with some of the nation's leading biotech researchers to develop new nutritional ingredients," said Dr. Carl W. Hastings, Reliv's chief scientific officer.
Reliv is a maker of nutritional supplements that promote optimal health.
Soy Labs focuses on delivering high-quality soy ingredients to the leading health supplement formulators and manufacturers. The Missouri Plant Science Center is a joint venture of the Missouri Technology Corp., the University of Missouri System and the city of Mexico, Mo., where Soy Labs is also based.
"This agreement is a great example of what was envisioned for the Missouri Plant Science Center," said U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. "I believe this relationship between Missouri's biotech scientists, farmers, and Reliv - a successful private-sector job creator - will help strengthen our state's biotech industry and encourage further economic development."
Through the Missouri Plant Science Center, Reliv will have access to top biotech researchers throughout the University of Missouri System.
In addition, Soy Labs offers Reliv collaboration opportunities with other highly respected research institutions, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Louisville and the University of California campuses in Berkeley and Davis.
While it may take some time for those relationships to result in new supplement ingredients, Soy Labs potentially offers Reliv more immediate possibilities.
"Soy Labs has already produced
|SOURCE Reliv International, Inc.|
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