A natural fruit-based extract discovered by Scientists of University of Leicester have improves the growth and probiotic qualities of 'friendly' bacteria which has furthered a great deal of interest in the health-associated properties of probiotics, and prebiotics, the food needed for the growth of probiotic when inside our bodies.
The fruit extract is the invention of Dr Primrose Freestone, of the University's Depar™ent of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, and Dr Richard Haigh of the Depar™ent of Genetics. The product, LabEnhancer™, is currently being marketed in collaboration with Dr Andy Lee, of Plant Bioscience Limited (www.pbltechnology.com).
LabEnhancer™ elicited a great deal of interest when it was recently showcased by PBL at the International Probio2007 conference in Nantes. As a result, over a dozen companies are now keen to exploit its potential in probiotic diagnostics, bulk culture processes and as a prebiotic supplement. LabEnhancer™ is therefore expected to have major applications in the world of probiotic and prebiotic technologies, and company evaluations are already underway.