Botanicals and naturals DNA testing: Indena and Hyris join the NHP Research Alliance

By Lucy Whitehouse

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Botanicals and naturals DNA testing: Indena and Hyris join the NHP Research Alliance

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A research alliance set up to develop DNA authentication test kits for botanicals and naturals health products is growing.

Featuring ‘world-class’ corporations, the strategic partnership of the NHP Research Alliance has now welcomed Indena and Hyris into the collaboration.

NHP Research Alliance, established in 2017 by the University of Guelph and leading industry partners, is a consortium utilizing novel molecular diagnostic tools to tackle major issues in ingredient authentication that are challenging the NHP industry.

Now, 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 three strategic partners hold exclusive technological and scientific assets that are now merging together to build a reliable third-party verification program that will benefit the Natural Health Product industry, they state.

What contribution?

The Alliance says the new collaboration will allow it to capitalise on Indena’s nearly hundred years’ experience in the botanical field and its ‘pioneering commitment’ for the use of this technology to potentially problematic species.

The contribution of Indena, the Alliance says,  will be key to provide Standard Plant Reference Material resource 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.

Alongside this, the Alliance says that 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. On top of this, it can be controlled by bAPP, a dedicated mobile app that provides a “complete, intuitive, user-friendly interface”.

“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,​” said Daniele Giavini, Indena Managing Director.

Hyris is honored 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​,” said Stefano Lo Priore, Hyris Ltd CEO.

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