Lallemand Health Solutions announces new partnership for authenticating probiotic strains


bCUBE is a plug and play thermal cycler that can be purchased together with strain-specific bKITs for in-house strain identification

Lallemand Health Solutions and the Natural Health Product Research Alliance (NHPRA) affiliated with the University of Guelph, both Canadian entities, recently concluded a long-term partnership to implement the Purity-IQ Certification Program, hence committing to improved standardisation for the authentication of probiotic strains.

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

“bCUBE is a plug and play thermal cycler that can be purchased together with strain-specific bKITs for in-house strain identification. 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”, explains Paul D. Valder, cofounder and chief technical officer at Purity-IQ.

The validation protocol for this innovation has been published in the AOAC Journal. Together with the robust Purity-IQ Certification Program, it provides added assurance for probiotic strain authenticity within the natural health products industry.

“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. 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™.” reminds Marie-Eve Boyte, Scientific Affairs Director at Lallemand Health Solutions.


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