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DSM (formerly Martek Biosciences Corporation)

6480 Dobbin Road
Columbia, MD 21045, USA

Category: Nutraceuticals, Vitamins, Supplements, Food Products

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Martek Biosciences Corporation is engaged in the research and development of nutritional products derived from microalgae and fermentation technology. The company was founded in 1985 and is committed to the discovery and commercialization of life-science based products that promote health and well-being throughout life. It was acquired by Royal DSM N.V. on 21 December 2010.

Martek Biosciences' research and development is focused on identifying and creating new and valuable commercially viable products for the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and functional food markets. The company is also investigating nutrients and bioactive compounds that provide benefits in the area of inflammation, cognitive function and cardiovascular health. Its Clinical Research group is studying additional potential health benefits of DHA, with a focus on the possible roles of DHA in promoting optimal brain development and cognitive function beyond infancy into childhood, improving cognitive function, and reducing the risk of certain types of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's.

Martek Biosciences has developed two fermentable strains of microalgae which produce oils rich in docosahexaenoic acid and a fungus that produces an oil rich in arachidonic acid (ARA). The company's life'sDHA(TM) is a vegetarian source of docosahexaenoic acid and life's ARA(TM) is a source of arachidonic acid.

Martek Biosciences supplies life'sDHA(TM) and life'sARA(TM) for products in following categories - 1) Infant Nutrition: infant formula; 2) Prenatal Nutrition: Prescription prenatal supplements co-packaged with DHA capsules and Over-the-counter (OTC) DHA capsules; 3) Child & Adult Nutrition: life'sDHA(TM) is used in numerous food categories such as dairy products, beverages, bakery confectionary, extrusion products, spreads, dressings and processed meats; and 4) Animal Nutrition: DHA GOLD®S17-B, DHA GOLD® Original and DHA GOLD® C15-P are a source of DHA omega-3 for companion animals, equine, livestock and aquaculture.

Martek Biosciences has partnerships with China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited, BP p.l.c., General Mills, Inc., Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, The E.T. Horn Company, Milk Powder Solutions Pty., Ltd., Hero AG, Puleva Food, S.L., Lactalis Nutrition Sante, Ragasa Industrias S.A. de C.V. etc.