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April 6, 2017

Web service allows consumers to make informed decisions on natural products, dietary supplements

DST lab Daniel Sliva, DSTest Laboratories founder and chief scientific officer, checks a sample of a dietary supplement. The company is launching a subscription-based web service to give consumers potency information about natural products. (Purdue Research Foundation photo/Curt Slyder) Download image

INDIANAPOLIS – A new paid web service offered by DSTest Laboratories, an independent laboratory based in the Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis, is providing consumers the benefits of technology to make informed decisions before purchasing natural supplements.

DSTest Laboratories uses biological testing to evaluate and certify the potency of various natural products for businesses producing or selling natural compounds and dietary supplements.

“We will have full reports identifying potent and inefficient supplements on the U.S. market,” said Daniel Sliva, founder and chief scientific officer for DSTest Laboratories. “We will also include how much the active supplements cost per recommended dose.”

Information on turmeric supplements is the first category of products to be offered on the website. Company officials plan to update the service regularly after tests are completed on other natural products.

Conventional testing regarding the potency of natural products or dietary supplements offer evaluation of the products based on a chemical analysis of the ingredients.

“We are identifying the potency of the products based on biological testing,” Sliva said. “That’s a step above a chemical analysis because it can assist consumers see the actual potency of each product. That allows them to make a better decision on which product to purchase.”

DSTest Laboratories was founded in the Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis in 2014.

“It is a real benefit to be around other high-tech and science-related firms in the Purdue Research Park,” he said. “That’s very advantageous when it comes to sharing ideas and collaborating.”

To find out costs for the service or for more information about DSTest Laboratories, go to www.dstest-lab.com.

About DSTest Laboratories

DSTest Laboratories was founded in 2014 to help consumers and manufacturers of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements in their selection of the best high-quality and functional supplements. The market for human and pet nutraceuticals and dietary supplements is enormous; however, without proper regulation and required testing for the functional biological analyses and chemical composition, these supplements might not have any of their claimed health effects. As a result, proper and rigorous scientific testing is necessary.

About Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis

The Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis is one of five sites across Indiana operated by the Purdue Research Foundation. The Indianapolis site includes the Purdue Technology Center near the Indianapolis International Airport. Other park locations are in West Lafayette, Merrillville and New Albany. The park network has more than 260 companies and about 4,500 people working in high-tech sectors. With a combined 500,000-square-foot incubation space, the park has four of the top 10 incubators in Indiana. An independent study reports that the Purdue Research Park network contributes $1.3 billion annually to Indiana's economy.

Writer: Curt Slyder, 765-588-3342, caslyder@prf.org

Source: Daniel Sliva, 317-379-3702, dsliva@dstest-lab.com


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