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ChromaDex, Phenomenex team up on testing offerings

By Hank Schultz , 29-Sep-2012
Last updated on 01-Oct-2012 at 04:10 GMT

The legendary Army football teams of the middle 1940s featured Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, dubbed Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside. Now there’s another complementary pairing: ChromaDex has teamed up with testing equipment manufacturer Phenomenex to provide full field coverage for dietary supplement manufacturers seeking reference standards, scientifically valid methods and application support.

“Because of the collaboration between the two—they’ve got the column technology, and we’ve got the standards—we’ve put it all together in a nice, neat package,” Mark Jost, vice president of operations for ChromaDex, told NutraIngredients-USA.

"The ability to provide a complete package of reference standards and scientifically valid methods strengthens our leadership position and provides a 'one-stop shop' for our customers," said Frank Jaksch, CEO and founder of ChromaDex.

Phenomenex maintains a full-service analytical support laboratory, staffed with application scientists who specialize in method development and customized solutions. This team will optimize methods for ChromaDex reference standards, including working with a variety of sample matrices and will in many cases include the use of Phenomenex's core-shell particle technology and Kinetex® columns.

Testing demand on the rise

Demand for testing standards and methods is strong, and will only continue to rise, Jost said.

“CGMPs are now fully enforced. The number of 483s are increasing; the number of inspections are increasing. So it’s putting everyone industry on notice that, hey, it’s time make sure you are in compliance. That’s twofold:  one is raw material identity testing and the other is finished product testing.  For raw material identity you need to have a reference basis, and for finished product testing you have to have a reference standard.

“So people are doing more testing.  It is raising  the industry from the level where it was to hopefully a significantly higher level by compliance with cGMPs,” he said.

Chromadex serves testing needs in the natural products industry as well as in the field of animal health cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, the company manufactures a bioidentical form of pterostilbene branded as pTeroPure and featured in a line of supplements under the BluScience name.  Phenomenex also operates in a variety of markets, offering analytical chemistry solutions that solve the separation and purification challenges of researchers in industrial, clinical, government and academic laboratories.

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