KEEGO HARBOR, Mich., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Enhancement Products, an innovative Michigan-based biotech firm, is pleased to announce that its primary lender has increased the company's credit facility to $6 million, making $1 million available immediately to expedite both canine and bovine validation studies currently underway in the United States and Canada.
"This new infusion of capital funding will allow us to expedite the promising work in a broader set of studies and potentially move from research to licensing discussions as early as this fall," said Andrew Dahl, President and CEO of Health Enhancement Products. "And, we view this latest investment and inquiries from equity capital investors as vote of confidence in our process and prospects."
With a pre-pilot experiment in dairy cows already successfully concluded, an expanded pilot program will assess the effectiveness of the Company's product as an intra-mammary treatment and as an oral alternative, among other forms of administration. HEPI's primary business is investigating bioactive compounds extracted from algal cultures through research facilities in Montreal, Canada and Tulare County, California.
"The bovine pilot program involves larger groups of dairy cows and refinements to our approach," states Dr. Amy Steffek, Director of R&D. "We've already authorized our contract research organization (CRO) to proceed, and the pilot program will be initiated the week of July 21. The plan is to have pilot program preliminary results by the end of August or early September and share that information with our animal health collaboration partner."
The pilot program is a continuing research and validation effort directed at immune response in addressing bovine mastitis, a condition that affects milk production and costs American dairy producers almost $3 billion in milking losses annually. Bovine mastitis is a global problem, affecting at any one time up to 10% of the world's 244 million cows.
Concurrently, the Company is expanding the previously announced canine study to include refined samples and a direct challenge model that pits the company's bioactive compounds against glucosamine and chondroitin - the most popular active ingredients in the canine joint health supplement market.
"Glucosamine and chondroitin are the most common supplement ingredients available to consumers for pet health. The market is large and stable, even in the current economic climate," states Dahl. "We'd like to offer dog owners a viable alternative that can be more cost-effectively and safely administered for months, if not years, without any worries and also provide the additional benefit of a healthy immune system response."
Like their human owners, dogs and other animals serving as family pets and companions in the USA and around the world experience loss of joint health due to advancing age, weight, and breed type. Joint health issues are predicted to affect nearly 1 in 5 dogs, and the canine joint health supplement market currently generates roughly $300 million in annual sales in the U.S. alone.
Results from the glucosamine-chondroitin challenge experiment are expected in mid-to-late September, at which point Company principals hope to be in a position enter discussions with potential joint-venture partners and licensees to position specific product applications for market introduction.
About Health Enhancement Products, Inc.
Health Enhancement Products, Inc. (OTCQB: HEPI) is a Michigan-based biotech company engaged in the investigation of the health benefits of bioactive compounds derived from its proprietary algal cultures, and the development of natural bioactive compounds for use as dietary supplements and food ingredients, as well as potential candidates for future medicinal and pharmaceutical applications in humans and animals, focused on autoimmune modulation.
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