Ideal Health Biotechnology
Ideal Health Biotechnology, LLC, joined the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis to accelerate research and development of their dietary supplements made from naturally occurring, plant-based compounds. Ideal Health is leasing office space on the third floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building that is part of an existing laboratory suite. Later this year, they plan to expand into the adjacent laboratory, giving them a total of 500 square feet with an option to lease additional space as the company grows.
The company has an antioxidant spray made from grape seed extract available in China. A second generation of the spray is in development. They are also working on an algae mist and eye vitamin. Their products are designed to help with digestion, eye disease and diabetes, particularly in the elderly.
Lei Wu, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ideal, and administrative assistant Maggi Li anticipate expansion of space and staff due to the demand from Chinese consumers for naturally-sourced, dietary supplements formulated and manufactured under stricter US regulations. Parent company Ideal Shanghai already manufactures dietary supplements and other home health devices and products for Chinese markets. They have established distribution networks throughout China and exceeded over $50 million USD in sales.
The company plans to establish research partnerships with scientists at the NCRC in order to develop their findings on everything from phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables to brain development and cancer biology into marketable products.
“The NCRC is a great place for our company to grow through research partnerships,” Wu said. “There are a lot of resources here for us, and we are grateful for the opportunity. If the NCRC wasn’t here, we wouldn’t be in the US.”