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[Left to right]: Prof Gerald Fitzgerald, APC deputy director; Prof Gerry Boyle, director Teagasc; Sean Sherlock, TD, minister for science and innovation; prof Fergus Shanahan, director APC; Dr Sally Cudmore, APC general manager; prof Mark Ferguson, director General, Science Foundation Ireland and chief science advisor to the Irish Government; Dr Michael Murphy, president UCC

Irish microbiota research centre to receive €50m boost

By Shane STARLING

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) in Cork, Ireland has received a €36m investment from the Irish government that will fund its research activities for at least another six years, its GM told us this morning.

CRN, Merck, DSM, BASF spark new EU food supplements group

CRN, Merck, DSM, BASF spark new EU food supplements group

By Shane STARLING

Better dialogue with regulators and scientists is the main purpose of a new European food supplements group formed today by a diverse alliance of national groups and ingredients and supplement players – both small and large.

Nestlé buys Louisiana depression food firm

Nestlé buys Louisiana depression food firm

By Shane STARLING

Nestlé has bought its second brain health-focused medical foods start-up in eight months after snaffling Red River Pharma-owned Pamlab which makes high-dose vitamin supplements targeting depression, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

GOED: Pharma is important for omega-3 but growing slowly

GOED: Pharma is important for omega-3 but growing slowly

By Shane Starling

Pharmaceutical omega-3 products are important but will grow more slowly than some expect because of the long timeframe for drug approval, says the chief of the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED).

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

Special edition: Omega-3 (Editor's blog)

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

By Shane STARLING

Just got off the phone to Ola Snove, the new(ish) CEO of Aker part-owned Norwegian omega-3 specialist Epax. Wanted to know his view on high-end omega-3 prospects that have attracted BASF and DSM to the sector. His word: “Stellar”.

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