Kannapolis, N.C., May 2, 2012-The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) and Bent Creek Institute, Inc., an affiliate of The North Carolina Arboretum, announced the signing of an ongoing collaboration to provide purity and compositional testing services to supply chain stakeholders in the botanical natural products industry. This multi-laboratory non-profit collaborative in North Carolina, named the US Botanical Safety Laboratory (USBSL), will couple the expertise and identity testing capabilities of the Bent Creek Germplasm Repository of The North Carolina Arboretum with the world-class analytical laboratories at DHMRI, and the microbial, pesticides, and phytochemical test services of The NC BioNetworkBioBusiness Center at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, to offer clients a unique resource for confirming the safety of botanical ingredients. Other campuses of the University of North Carolina system will also participate in specialized USBSL testing service offerings.
“We are excited to be a partner with BCI in the formation of USBSL. There is a critical need for testing of botanical supplements to ensure the quality and safety of these products. Our organizations will provide access and testing in an unbiased approach that benefits companies and consumers,” said Jim Oblinger, President, David H. Murdock Research Institute.
“USBSL represents an industry-first scientific collaboration among North Carolina’s institutional centers of core botanical expertise in both research and routine testing services,” said Greg W. Cumberford, President, Bent Creek Institute, Inc. and General Manager for USBSL. He added, “USBSL will help serve the national need for assuring the integrity of botanical ingredient supply chains while bringing more agricultural, technical, and life sciences jobs over time to North Carolina. Our state’s unique bio-botanical diversity and history of medicinal plant cultivation and supply is a valuable national asset that Bent Creek Institute is proud to develop through sophisticated collaborative science.”
The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) is a non-profit, contract research organization committed to the improvement of human life. DHMRI provides collaborators groundbreaking research and development solutions at the intersection of human health, agriculture and nutrition. From the largest corporations, to life science start-ups and academic researchers, DHMRI combines collaboration and customized solutions to find the answers to advance research and product development. To learn more please visit www.dhmri.org.
The US Botanical Safety Laboratory (USBSL) is a non-profit university-based botanical ingredient testing laboratory collaborative in North Carolina. USBSL offers routine botanical identity, purity (microbial, heavy metals, pesticides), and compositional testing services to global herbal ingredient supply chain stakeholders. USBSL is managed by Bent Creek Institute, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with its botanical identity testing conducted by the Bent Creek Germplasm Repository (BCGR) under Dr. Joe-Ann McCoy. BCGR is the botanical research arm of The North Carolina Arboretum near Asheville, North Carolina and serves as an independent botanical and endophyte seed bank. More information can be found at www.usbsl.org.
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