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Wakunaga Receives ABC's 7th Annual Varro E. Tyler Phytomedicinal Research Award



(AUSTIN,Texas,March10,2014)TheAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)haspresentedits2013VarroE.TylerCommercialInvestmentinPhytomedicinalResearchAwardtoWakunagaPharmaceuticalCompany,Ltd.,ofOsaka,Japan.Sinceitsfoundingin1955,thecompanyhasbeencommittedtorigorousscientificandclinicalresearchofitsproducts,includingitstop-selling,clinicallyresearchedodorlessAgedGarlicExtract®.“TheABCVarroE.TylerAwardrepresentsourextensivechemical,pharmacological,andclinicalresearchonWakunaga'sproprietaryAgedGarlicExtract,soldasKyolic®AgedGarlicExtractintheUSAandalmost50internationalmarkets,” saidAlbertDahbour,VicePresidentofWakunagaofAmerica,asubsidiaryestablishedintheearly1970s.“Weinvestalotinscientificdiscoveryandtoberecognizedforourdedicationtobotanicalresearchisveryinspiringforus.”ThelateProf.Tyler—whohasbeendescribedasoneofthemostrespectedmeninlate20th centuryherbalmedicineandpharmacognosy(thestudyofmedicinesofnaturalorigin,usuallyfromplants)—wasanearlytrusteeofABC,deanoftheCollegeofPharmacyandPharmaceuticalSciencesatPurdueUniversity,andvice-presidentofacademicaffairsatPurdue.Hewastheseniorauthorofsixeditionsoftheleadingtextbookinthefield,formerlyusedineverycollegeofpharmacyintheUnitedStates,aswellasnumerousotherprofessionalandpopularbooksandmanyarticlesintheacademicliterature.“Prof.Tyleralwaysbelievedthatcompaniesproducingbotanicallybasedproductsshouldreinvestaportionoftheirannualsalesrevenuesintolegitimatescientificandclinicalresearch,andthatiswhyweestablishedthisawardinhisname,”saidABCFounderandExecutiveDirectorMarkBlumenthal.“Inourview,WakunagameritsABC’srecognitionforitsoutstandingcommitmenttosuchresearch,asevidencedbyitsstrongrecordoffundinghundredsofchemical,pharmacological,andclinicalstudiesonitsunique,proprietarygarlicpreparation.”Prof.Tylerurgedhisstudentsandcolleagues“notonlytoseekthetruthbut,afterfindingit,todiscardanypreconceivedideaswhichitmayrevealasuntrue.”Heencouragedscientificandproductintegrity,andenvisionedarationalherbalhealthcaresectorthatvaluedtheproperevaluationofproducts’quality,safety,andefficacy.AccordingtoJayLevy,directorofsalesforWakunagaofAmerica,thecompany’sfocusonresearchispartofitscommitmenttopromotingpublichealththroughherbalmedicine.“Thismissionisaccomplishedbyprovidingproductsofthehighestquality,whicharesupportedbytruthfulscienceandaccompaniedbyhelpfulconsumerinformation,”hesaid.“Weareextremelyproudthatwenowhaveover700peer-reviewed,publishedpapersontheefficacyofAgedGarlicExtract.Ourfutureplansaretocontinuetoinvestintheresearchofherbalproducts.”In2012,garlicwasthesecondbest-sellingherbaldietarysupplementinthefood,drug,andmass-marketchannelintheUnitedStateswithsalesofalmost$35millioninthatchannelalone.Kyolic,Levynoted,isresponsiblefor70percentofbrandedgarlicsalesinthenaturalfoodscategoryintheUnitedStates.Kyolic,asstatedonWakunaga’swebsite,is“designedtosupportandstrengthen[the]cardiovascularsystembyreducing…majorriskfactorsandpromotingoverallhearthealth.”Recently,aclinicaltrialpublishedintheEuropeanJournalofClinicalMedicineandfeaturedinABC’sHerbClipservicefoundthatKyolicsignificantlyreducedbloodpressureinparticipantswithhypertension.Inadditiontoitscardiovascularbenefits,variousformulationsofKyolichavebeenstudiedfortheabilitytosupportdigestivehealth,theimmunesystem,circulation,andmore.“WearedeeplyhonoredtoreceivetheVarroE.TylerAwardfromtheAmericanBotanicalCouncil,”saidDahbour,“andwillcontinueProf.Tyler’spassionforbotanicalresearchanddiscovery.”PreviousrecipientsoftheABCTylerAwardincludeHorphagResearchofSwitzerlandfor2012,BioforceAGofSwitzerlandfor2011,NewChapter,Inc.oftheUnitedStatesfor2010,BionoricaAGofGermanyfor2009,IndenaSpAofItalyfor2008,andDr.WillmarSchwabePharmaceuticalsofGermanyfor2007.TheABCVarroE.TylerCommercialInvestmentinPhytomedicinalResearchAwardwasannouncedatthe9thAnnualABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyonMarch6inAnaheim,California.TheABCeventoccurredduringtheNEXTInnovationSummit(formerlyNutracon)nutrition,naturalproducts,anddietarysupplementsconferenceandNaturalProductsExpoWest. TheABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonywasunderwrittenbygenerouscontributionsfromthefollowingmembersoftheherb,dietarysupplement,andnaturalproductsindustry(i.e.,rawmaterialsuppliers,supplementandteamanufacturers,analyticallaboratories,alawfirm,aninsurer,amediacompany,andatradeorganization):



AlkemistLabsAminTalatiChristieCommunicationsChromaDexEuroPharmaGrifconEnterprisesHorphagResearchIndenaUSAMartinBauerGroup



MegaFoodNaturalFactorsNutritionalProductsNewChapterNewHopeNaturalMediaPlusPharmaRFIIngredientsTraditionalMedicinalsUnitedNaturalProductsAlliance