Manitoba and Minnesota Companies Team Up to Tackle Lifestyle-Related Chronic Diseases

April 24, 2013

Partnership will result in food-based therapies to reverse the onset of diabetes

Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network, Inc. (MAHRN), a developer of functional agri-ingredients, and Minnesota-based TruHealthMD, the pioneer in food-based solutions for chronic disease, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will more rapidly advance the development and commercialization of condition specific food and nutrition therapies. The signing of the MOU was announced this week during the Manitoba Breakfast at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) 2013 convention in Chicago. Prediabetes will be the first condition addressed under the MOU.

“We are thrilled to be working with TruhealthMD to more rapidly advance our research, development and commercial solutions for addressing the human and financial burden posed by chronic lifestyle-related diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Lee Anne Murphy, executive director of MAHRN. “TruhealthMD has a proven marketplace model that supports the rapid advancement of innovative solutions for health while ensuring patient outcomes are positive.” Murphy indicated that initial success in providing novel ingredients for the TruhealthMD’s cardiac care line encouraged the groups to take a broader look at collaboration and led to the signing of the MOU.
“We are very fortunate to have a partner who is as passionate as we are about the role of foods and nutrition in preventing and treating chronic disease,” noted Elizabeth Klodas, cardiologist and founder of TruhealthMD. “MAHRN has been instrumental in making truly unique and nutritionally impactful ingredients for our products, allowing us not only to differentiate within the marketplace but also to advance our cause more strategically.”

Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network, Inc. promotes Manitoba’s capacity and capabilities in the research, development and commercialization of functional foods and nutraceuticals. Anchored by world-class facilities including Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM); Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN); and Food Development Centre (FDC), MAHRN members test and assess plant and animal-based bioactive compounds, from the producer through clinical proof of safety and efficacy to product development and commercialization. For more information about Manitoba’s vibrant functional food and nutraceutical industry, please visit

About TruhealthMD
TruhealthMD is a women-owned, Minnesota-based life science company innovating health and wellness. TruhealthMD's Step One Program is the smart, easy first step to disease-specific treatment utilizing scientifically based foods with the highest quality ingredients to deliver therapeutic levels of critical nutrients. The company works with clinicians, health insurers, health systems, and wellness companies to revolutionize health and disease care. To learn more about TruhealthMD, visit

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