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Smaller Supplement Companies See Advantages To Conducting Their Own Clinical Trials

November 11, 2010: 06:24 AM EST

A growing number of functional food and nutritional supplement companies are creating clinical investigation centers to put science behind the health claims they make for their products. Big  food companies have been investing in their own ingredient research for years, but smaller firms that lack the billions that Danone or Nestlé spend on R&D can still do clinical studies that will help with FDA approval and build consumer confidence. In the U.S., “$10,000 can fund a research project in a setting that would produce legitimate and publishable results,” says nutrition researcher Doug Kalman. Other benefits include state and federal R&D tax credits, possible creation of an intellectual property portfolio and the ability to grab a 60-70 percent market share by being first to market with a new product.

Joanna Cosgrove, "The Rise of Clinical Investigation Centers", Nutraceutical World, November 11, 2010, © Rodman Publishing
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