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Horphag Research Chosen as Sixth Recipient of American Botanical Council's Tyler Award

(AUSTIN,Texas,Feb.25,2013)ThenonprofitAmericanBotanicalCouncilhasannouncedHorphagResearchastherecipientofitsannualVarroE.TylerCommercialInvestmentinPhytomedicinalResearchAward.HorphagResearch,basedinSwitzerland,istheproducerofPycnogenol®Frenchmaritimepinebark(Pinuspinaster)extract,whichisusedinhundredsofbrandsandformulasofdietarysupplements,aswellasincosmetics,functionalfoods,andbeverages. 

HorphagResearchanditsentireteamare,ofcourse,veryhonoredtoreceivethisprestigiousaward,”saidVictorFerrari,CEOofHorphagResearch.“Itisanimportantrecognitionforthescientificworkthathasbeenestablishedoversomanyyearsononesingleanduniqueproduct–Pycnogenol.” HorphagResearchwasfoundedinBerlinin1925asHormopharmaAGbyCharlesHaimoff.Inthe1960s,Haimoff’svisionof“healthyaging”ledtothedevelopmentoftheantioxidantFrenchmaritimepinebarkextract,Pycnogenol.Researchontheproductbeganin1965,and,justtwoyearslater,thefirstpreparationswerebeingsoldinEurope.By1987,HorphagwasawardeditsfirstUSpatent,andin2003Pycnogenolwasself-affirmedtobeGRAS(GenerallyRecognizedasSafe)foruseinfoodproducts.SalesofPycnogenolproductstoconsumersnowexceed$500millionannuallyandaresoldinmorethan80countriesaroundtheworld.“For40years,HorphaghasinvestedinextensiveresearchtoensurethesafetyandefficacyofPycnogenolasapremiumingredient,”saidFrankSchönlau,PhD,scientificdirectorforHorphagResearch.“Formorethanadecade,Ihavepersonallyoverseenmuchoftheresearchaswehavebuiltuponthatcommitment.IamextremelyproudtoseetheteamrecognizedforitsdedicationtomakingPycnogenoloneofthemostwell-researchednaturalhealthsupplementsavailabletoday.”“ABCcongratulatesHorphagResearchforthismostwell-deservedandprobablyoverduehonor,”saidMarkBlumenthal,founderandexecutivedirectorofABC.“HorphagResearchistheepitomeofaresearch-basednaturalproductscompany,investingmillionsofdollarsinscoresofclinicalresearchtrialsonitskeyproduct,Pycnogenol.“ProfessorVarroTylerwasoneofmykeymentorsforabout20years.Herepeatedlyemphasizedhisdesiretoseeherbcompaniesinvestinscientificandclinicalresearchontheirherbandphytomedicinalproducts.Ihavenodoubtthatifhewerealivetoday,hewouldfullyendorseABC’schoosingHorphagthisyeartoreceivehiseponymousaward,”continuedBlumenthal.

ThelateProf.Tyler—whohasbeendescribedasoneofthemostrespectedmeninlate20thcenturyherbalmedicineandpharmacognosy(thestudyofmedicinesofnaturalorigin,usuallyfromplants)—wasanearlytrusteeofABC,deanoftheCollegeofPharmacyandPharmaceuticalSciencesatPurdueUniversity,andvice-presidentofacademicaffairsatPurdue.Hewastheseniorauthorofsixeditionsoftheleadingtextbookinthefield,formerlyusedineverycollegeofpharmacyintheUnitedStates. 

Prof.Tylerurgedhisstudentsandcolleagues“notonlytoseekthetruthbut,afterfindingit,todiscardanypreconceivedideaswhichitmayrevealasuntrue.”Heencouragedscientificandproductintegrityandenvisionedarationalherbalhealthcaresectorthatvaluedtheproperevaluationofproducts’quality,safety,andefficacy. “ReceivingtheAmericanBotanicalCouncil’sTylerAwardprovidesnotonlycredibilitytoourscientificwork,butalsoatremendousmotivationtoourteamtocontinueprovidingscientificevidenceonamultitudeofhealthbenefitsofPycnogenol,”saidFerrari.“Wearenotonlyblessedwithoneofthemostversatileandwell-documentedproductsinthisindustry,butalsowiththemostprofessionalanddedicatedteam.”

AccordingtoHorphag,theextensivestudyofPycnogenolhasresultedinmorethan100publishedclinicalstudiesand300scientificpublications.HorphagResearch’sbibliographyincludesstudiesonadiversegroupoftopics,includingantioxidantproperties,cardiovascularhealth,skincare,jointhealth,sportsnutrition,andmore.RecentlypublishedstudiesshowtheabilitiesofPycnogenoltoreduceperimenopausalsymptoms,improveskinhydrationandelasticity,reduceasthmasymptoms,andimproveendothelialfunction.

ThisproliferationofresearchandthepopularityofPycnogenolproductsarelikelywhatcaughttheeyeofcelebratedsurgeonandTVhostMehmetOz,MD,whorecentlyspentasegmentofhis“Dr.Oz”showdiscussingthebenefitsofPycnogenolforyounger-lookingskin.TheeffectsextolledbyOzareperfectlyinlinewiththecompany’smottoofhelpingpeople“look,feel,andlivebetter.”

TheVarroE.TylerCommercialInvestmentinPhytomedicinalResearchAwardwillbepresentedatthe8th AnnualAmericanBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyonMarch7inAnaheim,California.TheABCeventoccursduringtheannualNutraconconferenceandNaturalProductsExpoWestandisopentoABCSponsorandCorporatemembers.TheAmericanBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyisunderwrittenbygenerouscontributionsfromthefollowingmembersoftheherb,dietarysupplement,andnaturalproductsindustry(i.e.,rawmaterialsuppliers,supplementandteamanufacturers,analyticallaboratories,alawfirm,aninsurer,amediacompany,andatradeorganization):

AlkemistsLaboratoriesAminTalati,LLCChromaDexEuroPharmaGrifconEnterprisesHorphagResearchIndenaUSA,Inc.MartinBauerGroup

MegaFoodNaturalFactorsNutritionalProductsNewChapter,Inc.NewHopeNaturalMediaPlusPharma,Inc.RFIIngredients,LLCTraditionalMedicinals,Inc.UnitedNaturalProductsAlliance