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NuMe Health Announces Closing of Series A-1 Financing Round
Date:7/26/2011

NEW ORLEANS, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NuMe Health LLC, a biotechnology company developing evidence-based prebiotics designed to address specific health conditions, today announced that it has closed a series A-1 financing round and hired Dean P. Stull, PhD, as chief executive officer.  The $675,000 financing was led by BVM Capital LLC and represents the first closing of a larger series A round. The funds from the financing will be used primarily to support corporate and product development as the company prepares to commercialize its first prebiotic products for the dietary supplement and health food markets.

"The closing of this venture financing is an important milestone for NuMe Health that should enable us to accelerate the development and launch of our first prebiotic products," said Dr. Stull.  "This is an exciting time as scientists are uncovering the critical role that the bacteria which co-exist in our bodies play in health and disease.  NuMe intends to be a leader in developing novel evidence-based prebiotic products to help prevent and manage common diseases, initially targeting conditions involving metabolism and the maintenance of healthy body weight."

Prebiotics are based on scientists' rapidly expanding knowledge of how the microbiome--the large population of microbes, their genomes and the interactions between them within the GI tract--can significantly impact human health.  Prebiotics are non-digestible ingredients that serve as nutrients for beneficial GI bacteria.  Unlike probiotics, which attempt to add certain microbes to the GI tract, prebiotics work primarily by providing the nutrition that these beneficial microbes need to grow and thrive.  Since the huge number of microbes in the GI tract can overwhelm the relatively small amounts of bacteria contained in probiotic supplements, many researchers believe that prebiotics may have a more significant and lasting impact on health.  


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