Indena and Hyris join NHP Research Alliance to develop DNA testing of botanicals

A strategic partnership, bringing together the strengths of world-class Corporations alongside the academic leader in DNA-based identification

Indena, Hyris and NHP Research Alliance have signed a strategic cooperation agreement for the joint development of DNA authentication test kits for Botanicals and related Natural Health Products.

The alliance capitalises on Indena’s nearly 100 years’ experience in the botanical field and its pioneering commitment for the use of this technology to potentially problematic species.

The contribution of Indena will be key in providing standard plant reference material resources that will include:

  • preparation of herbarium vouchers with ancillary information from the Indena supply chain
  • professional taxonomic IDs
  • genome scans (DNA sequences) for multiple populations to identify unique nucleotide signatures
  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for a chemical fingerprint
  • image scanning of samples and bioinformatics database archival with on-line access.

In parallel, the patented Hyris platform will offer the unique capability to perform full genetic analysis of biological samples in any kind of setting.

It incorporates all the needed hardware, software and reagents that can be used as a fully portable testing laboratory to provide highly accurate results, reducing the time and costs associated with traditional methods.

Moreover, it can be controlled by bAPP, a dedicated mobile app that provides a complete, intuitive, user-friendly interface.

Daniele Giavini, Indena Managing Director, said: “Indena always seeking excellence and innovation started integrating DNA sequencing into its Quality System in 2011. Today I am proud to announce that an exclusive partnership has been established with the scope of setting once again a forefront Industry Standard in the botanical authentication field.”

Stefano Lo Priore, CEO at Hyris, said: “Hyris is honoured to join this world class team as a key technology provider. We look forward supporting the botanicals industry worldwide and help streamline DNA based quality control systems throughout the supply chain.”

Indena and Hyris will provide their unique expertise contributing to strengthen the NHP Research Alliance launched by the University of Guelph, leader in DNA-based identification. The three strategic partners hold exclusive technological and scientific assets that are now merging together to build a reliable third-party verification programme that will benefit the Natural Health Product industry.

Dr Steven Newmaster, Professor, Botanical Director at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph, said: “Indena/Hyris are Strategic members in the NHP Research Alliance focused on the development of molecular diagnostic biotechnology (bCUBE & Probes/Kits) that will eventually transform the NHP Industry in a new gold standard for botanical species authentication; affordable testing on-site that is validated by a third party TRU-ID.”

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