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Metagenics joins the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation as an industry sponsor

San Diego, Calif., January 8, 2017 - Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company, has joined the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) as an industry sponsor. The company offers products in the areas of blood sugar balance, body composition, cardiometabolic health, children’s health, gastrointestinal health, general wellness, metabolic detoxification, neurological health, sports nutrition, and stress management; immune men’s and women’s health; and muscle, bone, and joint health.

“We are excited to have Metagenics join as a CMI industry sponsor,” said Center Faculty Director Rob Knight. “This partnership will help elucidate the relationship between the gut microbiome and nutrition. We’re learning a tremendous amount about how your microbiome affects your response to the drugs you take and the food you eat. By partnering with one of the leaders in evidence-based supplements, we’ll be able to apply the same tools to maintaining your individual microbiome wellness throughout your lifetime.”

The Center for Microbiome Innovation exists to inspire, nurture and sustain vibrant collaborations between UC San Diego Microbiome experts and its many industry partners. The Center encompasses a large range of expertise from microbiome sampling, a broad range of technologies (metagenomics, metabolomics, meta transcriptomics) and data analysis using high performance algorithm, to machine learning and modeling. The ultimate goal is to increase knowledge of the impact of the microbiome on human health and/or the environment with an eye towards providing innovative solutions and treatments for major disease.

As part of the benefits of this CMI sponsorship, Metagenics will have the opportunity to influence the research directions of the center through participation to the Center Board meetings as well as regular communication with the center team of experts.

“Throughout our history Metagenics has recognized the importance of bacteria in the gut to human health,” said Metagenics Sr. Director, Nutrition Science Nikky Contractor,  Ph.D. “That’s why we’re so excited to join CMI as an industry sponsor. We look forward to working with the leaders in the field of microbiome research to bring the most innovative tools and techniques to our quest to provide personalized lifestyle solutions to our customers.”

About Metagenics, Inc.

Metagenics was founded on a revolutionary idea: Our genes do not predetermine our health potential, and through nutrition, we can impact how our genes express themselves. Embodied by our company motto — genetic potential through nutrition — this groundbreaking principle drives us to deliver high-quality, science-based nutritional supplements, medical foods, and lifestyle programs to support healthcare practitioners in their efforts to help patients achieve their health goals. With a range of nutritional solutions designed to support individual lifestyles, including non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegetarian offerings, we remain committed to supplying practitioners around the world with advanced tools to help improve patient outcomes.

About the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation

The objective of the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) is to accelerate microbiome research and understanding, through partnerships with industry sponsors. Together we will develop novel tools and methods to improve human health and benefit the environment by analyzing and manipulating microbiomes — the distinct and diverse communities of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that live within and around us. This is a multidisciplinary center with access to all the latest omics tools (genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, multiplex proteomics), processing hundreds of thousands of samples each year and analyzing and collecting data for some of the largest microbiome cohorts in the world. Applications range from human disease understanding, ag bio, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, environmental research, to consumer goods.

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Media Contacts

Deborah Bright
UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation
Phone: 858-534-8390
dlbright@eng.ucsd.edu

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