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Nutrileads wins €2.5 million funding under the European Innovation Council SME Instrument

NutriLeads, a Dutch Health Ingredients company announces that its NUTRI-NEED project has been selected for €2.5 million funding under the European Innovation Council SME Instrument (phase 2). The aim of the 2-year project is to prepare NutriLeads’ health promoting food ingredient Xtramune™ for commercialisation.

NutriLeads’ most advanced product, Xtramune™, is a unique proprietary carrot-derived fibre under development to support immune function and improve resistance to respiratory infections. It has been successfully tested in preclinical models and in a proof of concept study in healthy volunteers. It is currently being studied in a clinical trial to assess its protective effect against an experimental common cold infection.

Ruud Albers, CEO of NutriLeads: "The NUTRI-NEED project will accelerate the development of our food ingredient Xtramune™ and specifically it will allow NutriLeads to further scale-up the production process, obtain market access for Europe, perform a large clinical study in older adults (65+) with increased infection risk and prepare Xtramune™ for commercialisation."

The international jury of investors, entrepreneurs and business experts involved in the assessment of the proposals commented on the NUTRI-NEED project: “The idea, if successful, has huge potential to disrupt the market. It also has the potential to enhance Europe’s standing in the health supplement market vis a vis the United States. The IPR strategy is strong and well-implemented. The project has a very impressive team coming from the big players in the industry. They are experts in diverse fields that complement each other within the team.”

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