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Horphag Research Receives 2008 Frost & Sullivan North American Health Ingredients Excellence In Research Award
Date:1/21/2009

GENEVA, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Horphag Research, exclusive worldwide suppliers of Pycnogenol(R) (pic-noj-en-all), an extract from French maritime pine bark, has earned the 2008 Frost & Sullivan North American Health Ingredients Excellence in Research of the Year Award. This award, presented last week at Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Award Banquet in New Orleans, recognizes Horphag Research's efforts in conducting numerous research projects over the years in addition to a number of clinical tests, validating Pycnogenol's(R) health benefits. Pycnogenol(R) is a potent antioxidant and available in more than 600 dietary supplements, cosmeceuticals and functional food and beverage products worldwide.

"Horphag Research is honored to receive this prestigious award from Frost & Sullivan," said Victor Ferrari, CEO of Horphag Research. "Pycnogenol(R) is one of the most evidence-based health ingredients in the industry and to be recognized for our strong commitment to research and development -- a cornerstone of our business, is a great accomplishment. Our pledge is to further strengthen the brand value of Pycnogenol(R) though innovative research, new product development and state of the art communication in order to continue growing consumer demand."

The selection of the award comes through in-depth interviews and primary market analysis conducted by Frost & Sullivan's analyst team. Award criteria include consistent research expertise over the years, high potential to become an industry standard, a keen focus on research and development, and successful product acceptance in the market. The ultimate award recipient is chosen after a thorough evaluation of this research.

According to Frost & Sullivan research analyst, Sneha Pasricha, "Pycnogenol(R) has set a new benchmark for all nutritional ingredients and dietary supplements in terms of its versatile health benefits, safety data, and research portfolio, and stands the highest probability of becoming an undisputed industry standard in the near future."

The award recognizes Horphag Research's overall research excellence spanning the last 40 years as well as its commitment to differentiate itself based on science-backed services and solutions. With a research portfolio of more than 220 scientific publications, the company has successfully established itself globally and Pycnogenol(R) has become the "gold standard" natural ingredient in terms of quality, safety and efficacy. This is apparent in the hundreds of innovative product solutions available in the marketplace today.

"Horphag has prioritized its R&D initiatives on its proprietary extract Pycnogenol(R) over the years. It has successfully yielded verified reports on a host of health benefits of Pycnogenol and still continues to conduct extensive research on expanding its health applications. This clearly indicates the competitive edge the company has exhibited over other participants in the market in carrying various research studies, making Horphag the worthy recipient of the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research of the Year Award," added Pasricha.

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, employs more than 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from 31 offices on six continents.

For more information on Pycnogenol(R) in North America, contact the exclusive North American supplier, Natural Health Science at 877-369-9934.

About Pycnogenol(R)

Pycnogenol(R) is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France and is found to contain a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, which offer extensive natural health benefits. The extract has been widely studied for the past 40 years and has more than 220 published studies and review articles ensuring safety and efficacy as an ingredient. Today, Pycnogenol(R) is available in more than 600 dietary supplements, multi- vitamins and health products worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.pycnogenol.com.

Horphag Research Ltd. is the exclusive worldwide supplier of Pycnogenol(R) (pic-noj-en-all) French maritime pine bark extract. Pycnogenol(R) is a registered trademark of Horphag Research Ltd.; Guernsey and its applications are protected by U.S. patents #5,720,956 / #6,372,266 and other international patents. Horphag Research Ltd. Is the recipient of the 2008 Frost & Sullivan North American Health Ingredients Excellence in Research Award. For more information about Pycnogenol(R) visit our Web site at http://www.pycnogenol.com


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