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  • Health Enhancement Products Announces Commencement of Bovine Mastitis Testing With Contract Research Organization Dairy Experts
    Marketwired Health Enhancement Products, Inc.
    April 24, 2014 8:23 AM

    KEEGO HARBOR, MI--(Marketwired - Apr 24, 2014) - Health Enhancement Products, Inc. (OTCBB: HEPI), a Michigan-based biotech firm investigating bioactive compounds extracted from algal cultures, is pleased to announce the kickoff of a large-scale bovine study to gauge the efficacy of its candidate compounds in addressing mastitis, a condition that affects the health of dairy cows and impacts milk production. Mastitis affects up to 10% of the US dairy herd at any given time and is responsible for nearly $3 billion in lost milk production annually. The US dairy herd numbers 9 million, about 3% of the world's entire population of 244 million dairy cows. Mastitis is a global animal health problem.

    Contract research organization Dairy Experts, sited in Tulare County, California, will be conducting the study on behalf of the Company. The firm conducts large-scale clinical studies for a variety of institutions, both public and private.

    The study is a requirement of an agreement in which Health Enhancement Products, Inc. granted to Zoetis Inc., a global animal health company based in Florham Park, New Jersey, an option for future potential collaboration.

    Extensive planning and study design, along with sourcing the study itself, has consumed the better part of eight weeks and culminated in tapping California-based Dairy Experts for the field study. The study is complex and far-reaching. The scale of the study is such that study groups will need to be staggered to accommodate the anticipated logistical demands. Of specific interest and focus is the effect of the Company's bioactives on mycoplasma bovis, an untreatable pathogen that is extremely contagious, irreversible in its pathology and present in dairy herds across the country, with particular concentration in California.

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