ChromaDex, Inc. Lead Ingredient NIAGEN Nicotinamide Riboside Receives New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Status From The FDA

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChromaDex Corp. (OTCQX:CDXC), an innovator of proprietary health, wellness and nutritional ingredients that creates science-based solutions for dietary supplement, food and beverage, skin care, sports nutrition, and pharmaceutical products announced today it has received New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) status from the FDA for its patented and proprietary lead ingredient, NIAGEN® nicotinamide riboside. ChromaDex's NIAGEN® is the first and only commercially available form of nicotinamide riboside NR and is supported by five patents issued and several pending, with patents rights acquired from Dartmouth College, Cornell University, and Washington University.

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) requires that manufacturers and distributors who wish to market dietary supplements that contain "new dietary ingredients" notify the Food and Drug Administration about these ingredients. Generally, the notification must include information that is the basis on which the manufacturer or distributor has concluded that a dietary supplement containing a new dietary ingredient will reasonably be expected to be safe under the conditions of use recommended or suggested in the labeling. (See Section 413(d) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 350b(d)).

Frank Jaksch Jr., founder and CEO of ChromaDex, commented, “Receiving NDI status from the FDA validates the safety dossier we have compiled for NIAGEN®. Achieving NDI status is a significant milestone given that the FDA objected approximately 88% of NDI notifications in FY 2014. NDI status opens the door for the mainstream commercialization of NIAGEN® in dietary supplements.”

In August 2015, ChromaDex announced results from the first human clinical study which demonstrated that single doses of NIAGEN® nicotinamide riboside can elevate the co-enzyme NAD+ in the blood by as much as 2.7-fold and is safe. Published research has shown that NR is perhaps the most effective precursor to boost the co-enzyme NAD+ in the cell. NAD+ is arguably the most important cellular co-factor for improvement of mitochondrial performance and energy. In recent years, NAD+ has been shown to be essential in supporting healthy cellular metabolism including the efficient conversion of blood glucose into energy.

As organisms age, NAD+ levels drop, which leads to a decrease in mitochondrial health; this in turn leads to age-related health issues. Low NAD+ levels limit activity of a group of enzymes called sirtuins, which are believed to play a key role in longevity. NAD+ levels also can be depleted by lifestyle choices such as overeating and lack of exercise. By boosting NAD+, NR can increase mitochondrial health and induce creation of new mitochondria.

About ChromaDex:

ChromaDex leverages its complementary business units to discover, acquire, develop and commercialize patented and proprietary ingredient technologies that address the dietary supplement, food, beverage, skin care and pharmaceutical markets. In addition to our ingredient technologies unit, we also have business units focused on natural product fine chemicals (known as "phytochemicals"), chemistry and analytical testing services, and product regulatory and safety consulting (known as Spherix Consulting). As a result of our relationships with leading universities and research institutions, we are able to discover and license early stage, IP-backed ingredient technologies. We then utilize our in-house chemistry, regulatory and safety consulting business units to develop commercially viable ingredients. Our ingredient portfolio is backed with clinical and scientific research, as well as extensive IP protection. Our portfolio of patented ingredient technologies includes NIAGEN® nicotinamide riboside; pTeroPure® pterostilbene; PURENERGY®, a caffeine-pTeroPure® co-crystal; ProC3G®, a natural black rice containing cyanidin-3-glucoside; IMMULINA™, a spirulina extract; and Suntava® Purple Corn derived from a proprietary non-GMO purple corn hybrid which contains an extraordinarily high level of anthocyanins. To learn more about ChromaDex, please visit www.ChromaDex.com.

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