Lallemand Health, NHP Research Alliance develop probiotic strain authenticity technology

Lallemand Health Solutions and the Natural Health Product Research Alliance concluded a long-term partnership to implement the Purity-IQ Certification Program, to provide added assurance for probiotic strain authenticity.

Lallemand Health Solutions (Mirabel, Canada) and the Natural Health Product Research Alliance (NHP RA) concluded a long-term partnership to implement the Purity-IQ Certification Program, to provide added assurance for probiotic strain authenticity.

“Through our expertise to supply the best probiotic strains and products, together with an undeniable commitment for continuing research and development and skilled customer care, it is in our own DNA to increase the trustworthiness of probiotics,” said Marie-Eve Boyte, scientific affairs director at Lallemand Health Solutions, in a press release. “As a leading world-class probiotic manufacturer, we aim at excellence and customers’ confidence by obtaining internationally recognized accreditations and licenses such as Purity-IQ.”

Lallemand Health Solutions developed strain-specific primers that have been integrated and validated by the NHP RA for the bKITS platform and to be used with the qPCR thermal cycler bCUBE, manufactured and distributed by Hyris Ltd., a UK-based biotechnology company, for in-house identification of strains. It enables genetic testing of biological samples in any setting, at any time, with real-time access to results on a cloud-based software platform. 

The validation protocol for this innovation has been published in the AOAC Journal.

“bCUBE is a plug and play thermal cycler that can be purchased together with strain-specific bKITs for in-house strain identification,” said Paul D. Valder, cofounder and chief technical officer at Purity-IQ, in a press release. “The small laboratory apparel can be connected to a computer or linked to a mobile phone through a specially designed application. Easy to use, the reagent is inserted in the cartridge with the sample to test. Results are received within two hours after pressing GO.”

The certification logo from the Purity-IQ Certification Program provides a means to communicate added quality assurance to customers with a product label that can be displayed on packaging.